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University Theatre To Present
Fall Short Play Festival Nov. 20-22
MAILED: Nov. 14, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Fall Short Play Festival will take place in Riverside Theatre of the Haas Fine Arts Center, Wednesday through Friday, Nov 20-22. Students from a directing class produce short plays for their final projects.
The following plays will be performed from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday.
- “The Universal Language,” by David Ives, is directed by Matthew Rightmire.
A young woman is excited about being the first to learn Unamunda: da linkwa looniversahl. Her teacher is eager to share his knowledge for a price, but is she being taken for a ride? Henry Morgan plays Don; Nicole Kittle plays Dawn.
- “Two Eggs Scrambled Soft,” by Don Rifkin, is directed by Steve Wilson.
Set in a coffee shop, the play is a comic look at a woman who has out grown a small town life and a man who never will. Rob Vanderloop plays Jeff; Suzanne Parish plays Meryl; Michelle Brugger plays the waitress.
- “Slaughter in the Lake,” by Jose Rivera, is directed by Matt Cooper.
Set in New York’s Central Park, this play reunites two estranged friends only to drive them further apart. Mark Saienga plays Tyson; Christopher Gay plays Browning.
- “The Other Five Percent,” by Bryan Goluboff, is directed by Derek Lee Brehm.
It’s Halloween; you’re alone on a Manhattan street at night. Are people and things really as nice as they seem? Or could they be what your mother always warned you about? Dan Largent plays Hughie; Joe Dauer plays Jimmy; Michelle Brugger plays Amy.
The following plays will be performed from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday and from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday.
- “Call It Clover,” by Wil Calhoun, is directed by Kelly Kriesel.
Everyone has a dream that can’t come true. Or can it? Sandy, a young married woman, finds herself reevaluating her sexuality after being paralyzed. Unfortunately, her husband’s best friend just happens to be around when she does. Beth Gengenbach plays Sandy; Aaron Zook plays Perry; Timothy Hartzel plays Eddie.
- “Who Made Robert DeNiro King of America?” by Jason Katims is directed by Anna Jeanette Figlesthaler.
A husband and wife live a fairly normal life in their Manhattan apartment. Can life go on as usual when Robert DeNiro enters the picture? Paul Bleier plays Red; Amanda Hill plays Maggie; Nicole Kohnen plays Samantha.
- “Sailing,” by Michael Shurtleff, is directed by Kathy Anderson.
A couple discusses their marriage, life, children and human nature while watching the sailboats in the scenic harbor before them. Will they be able to reconcile their differences? Lyn Oram plays Hari; Kevin Tamborino plays Walter.
The following plays will be performed from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday and from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday.
- “Black and Silver,” by Michael Frayn, is directed by Mauricio A. Urusquieta.
A couple returns to their honeymoon suite in hopes of rekindling the romantic flame… Junior has other plans. Benjamin Evans plays the husband; Jessica Sleap plays the wife.
- “The Color of Heat,” by Saul Zachary, is directed by Amanda Schumacher.
Trapped in a listless marriage, a husband tries to revive his relationship with his wife with a titillating voyeuristic report on the activities of a romantic couple in the nearby dunes. Justin House plays Simon; Bria Fraundorf plays Janice.
- “The Last Cigarette,” by Steven Fletcher, is directed by Aaron Unseth.
A man trying to figure out the age-old question of how to get a date ends up wrestling with questions of faith, trust and even life and death. Lisa Truscott plays Angela; Mike Evano plays Howard.
- “Big Al,” by Bryan Goluboff, is directed by Matt Simmons.
An obsessed Al Pacino fan gets the chance of his lifetime: to write a screenplay for “Big Al.” A sadly comic look into what gives life purpose. Christopher M. Allen plays Leo; Justin House plays Ricky.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: November 14, 2002