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UW-Eau Claire Theatre to Present Medieval Morality Play 'Everyman'

RELEASED: Oct. 6, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's production of "Everyman," a medieval morality play by an anonymous author, will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Kjer Theatre. Additional evening performances are scheduled for Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 26-29. A matinee is offered at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

The production, directed by Richard Nimke, associate professor of theater arts, tells the story of Everyman's journey to death. "Everyman" is one of the best known examples of a medieval morality play, told through the use of allegory. The title character, Everyman, learns his death and a reckoning are upon him and tries to coerce others — Beauty, Kindred, Good Deeds, Worldly Goods and a host of other worldly connections — into going with him. In the end they all flee, except for Good Deeds. The UW-Eau Claire production incorporates dance and includes a "dance of death" choreographed by guest artist Paul Calenberg, assistant professor of speech and theatre at UW-Stout.

The cast includes senior Aaron Loy, Rosemount, Minn., in the title role of Everyman, and senior Sarah Waterman, Chippewa Falls, as Good Deeds. Freshman Edward Neve, De Forest, will play Goods and junior Lara Goetsch, Minneapolis, Minn., will play Beauty. Sophomore Hanna Agar, Westby, is cast as Knowledge and freshman Stephanie Unertl, Manitowoc, as Kindred. Junior James Boland, Brookfield, will play the Messenger/Doctor.

Also cast are senior Henry Morgan, Eau Claire, as Strength; freshman Brittany Gusho, Milwaukee, as Confession; freshman Ryan McDaniel, Oregon, as Fellowship/Sin; sophomore Shane Chandler, Menomonie, as Cousin; junior Tera Kaminski, Waupaca, as Five Wits; sophomore Patrick Brian, Milwaukee, as Discretion/Sin; and freshman Kazuta Kuroki, St. Louis Park, Minn., as Death. The rest of the seven sins will be played by freshman Anne Casper, St. Paul, Minn.; senior Meagan Britain, Rochester, Minn.; senior Tarin Moore, Eau Claire, and freshman Theresa Schneider, Eagan, Minn.

Junior Rebecca Witt, Jefferson, is serving as the stage manager with senior Elizabeth Hayes, Antigo, as assistant stage manager. Senior Ashley Smith, Lone Rock, is the props designer and senior Ryan Zirngibl, Medford, is in charge of scenic design. The lighting designer is James Pitroski and senior Eric Garfield, Marshfield, will run the light board. Heidi O'Hare is the costume designer and Art Gulig is in charge of sound design.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (800) 949-UWEC, are $9 for the general public, $7 for those 62 and older, $6 for youth 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID, and $5 for students with a university ID.

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