MAILED: March 26, 2001
The American Chamber Theater Ensemble will close this season of the Artists Series with a performance Monday, April 9, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The concert of American short stories titled An Evening in America will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.
The American Chamber Theater Ensemble combines theater, mime, storytelling and dance in a celebration of the written word. Touring throughout the United States, as well as internationally, the three-member ensemble has appeared by special invitation at the Singapore Festival of the Arts, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Edinburgh Festival.
The Topeka Capitol Journal praised the American Chamber Theater Ensemble for its exuberant choreography, pointed dialogue and a physicality best described as athletic. A Seattle Weekly reviewer called the groups show the most elegant text-driven performance Ive ever seen.
An Evening in America will feature interpretations of four works by three authors:
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber (1894-1961), the writer and cartoonist who captured the urban man as one who escapes into fantasy because he is befuddled and beset by a world that he neither created nor understands.
- Cathedral and The Trestle by Raymond Carver (1928-1988), the short-story writer and poet who chronicled the everyday lives and problems of the working poor in the Pacific Northwest.
Admission is $15 for the general public; $13 for those age 62 and older and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff; or $5 for those age 17 and younger and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.
- The Dance of the Chicken Feet by Bailey White (born 1950), a first-grade teacher and storyteller whose humorous accounts of Southern eccentricity have enchanted listeners of National Public Radios All Things Considered.
Patrons also may charge tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 26, 2001