MAILED: April 27, 2000
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's University Theatre will present the play "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," which is based on the 18th-century novel by Christopher Hampton.
The play will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in Kjer Theatre. (The location and opening date have changed since the schedule was announced last fall.) Additional performances in Kjer Theatre are slated for 7:30 p.m. May 12-13, 16-20 and 1:30 p.m. May 14.
The play is a funny and wicked drama set in pre-Revolutionary France that tells the story of an unscrupulous woman who, just for amusement, manipulates the lives of those around her with the help of a like-minded count.
If anything, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" is about control, strategy, cynicism and power.
Dr. Terry Allen, director of the play and professor of music and theatre arts, said he chose this script because it is well-written but also because it is a strong script for women.
"The majority of the roles are played by women," said Allen, explaining that it is hard to find scripts with ample roles for women.
The students who will perform the play are senior Jody Gross, Gleason, as La Marquise de Merteuil; freshman Leslie Schroeder, Shawano, as Mme. de Volanges; freshman Kelly Kriesel, Madison, as Cecile de Volanges; senior Tom Gross, Oconomowoc, as Le Vicomte de Valmont; sophomore Rob Vanderloop, Kaukauna, as Azolan; senior Katherine Grosskopf, Fall Creek, as Mme. de Rosemonde; freshman Anna Jeanette Figlesthaler, Fox Point, as La Presidente de Tourvel; senior Carissa Trumble, Cushing, as Emilie; sophomore Derek Brehm, Eau Claire, as Le Chevalier; and senior Ben Richgruber, Sparta, as Major-Domo.
Joseph A. Nicikowski, a senior from Racine, will be the assistant director and stage manager. Senior Megan McGee, Oshkosh, will do the props, and Jody Gross and Richgruber will do makeup design.
Scenic and lighting design will be done by William F. Mellien, professor of music and theatre arts, and sound will be done by Art Gulig, technical director of University Theatre. Costume design is by Ann Behrens.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $8 for adults, $6 for those 62 and older and children 17 and younger, or $5 for faculty, staff and students with a university ID.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 2, 2000