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University Theatre’s “Picnic”
To Begin Dec. 5 at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Nov. 22, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s University Theatre will present William Inge’s 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Picnic,” a drama about the relationship five small town women share with a handsome stranger.
The play, which also won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, is directed by Dr. Terry Allen, professor of theatre arts, and opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Kjer Theatre. Additional performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7 and 10-14, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.
The play begins on Labor Day weekend in 1953, when Hal Carter, a happy-go-lucky drifter played by senior Aaron Zook, Fall Creek, steps off a freight train, looking for a brand new start. A robust, handsome show-off, Hal has come to Kansas to seek gainful employment with the help of his old fraternity brother. But despite his high hopes and expectations, Hal’s ambitious plans soon go awry when his sexual magnetism attracts every woman in the town.
The town’s women are played by senior Amber Little, Burnsville, Minn., as Christine; senior Kelly Kriesel, Madison, as Helen Potts; senior Katherine Andersen, Watertown, as Rosemary Sydney; senior Anna Figlesthaler, Wauwatosa, as Flo Owens; junior Sara J. Danke, Wales, as Irma Kronkite; sophomore Jennifer Aldridge, Eau Claire, as Millie Owens; and sophomore Briana Hardyman, Darlington, as Madge.
Other cast members include junior Eric Traxler, Boyceville, as Alan; junior Paul Barnes, Little Falls, Minn., as Bomber; and sophomore Paul Bleier, Wautoma, as Howard.
Jody Sekas, assistant professor of music and theatre arts, is doing the lighting and scenic design; guest artist Peggy Sannerud is costume designer; senior Brian Benson, Rhinelander, is properties designer; senior Chandra LaViolette, Manitowoc, is assistant director/stage manager, and sophomore Brianna Hotchkiss, Chippewa Falls, is assistant stage manager.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $9 for the general public, $7 for those 62 and older, $6 for children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID, and $5 for students with a university ID.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: November 22, 2002