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UW-Eau Claire Short Play Festival to Run April 26 through April 28

RELEASED: April 17, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts' Spring Short Play Festival will be held on three consecutive days, Wednesday, April 26, through Friday, April 28, in Kjer Theatre. A variety of plays, directed and acted by UW-Eau Claire students, will be performed each day at 4 and 8 p.m.

The following plays will be performed April 26 at 4 p.m. and April 27 at 8 p.m.

  • "Misreadings" by Neena Beber is directed by senior Henry Morgan, Eau Claire. A professor confronts her student about her failing marks, only to discover that true intelligence doesn't always come from books.
  • "The Valentine Fairy" by Ernest Thompson is directed by senior Steve Davis, West Allis. On Valentine's Day, Ingrid, having given up on all men and life itself, is confronted by Rudyard, a curious man in red slippers, a leotard and a lacy skirt. The Valentine Fairy takes Ingrid on a journey analyzing her past lovers, attempting to show Ingrid the importance of her own life.
  • "Mpls., St. Paul" by Julia Jordan is directed by senior Colin Wanke, St. Paul, Minn. Being a rock star is easy. Being in love is not quite as simple.
  • "Roommates" by Mary Orr is directed by senior Sara Olson, Mukwonago. It's a small world in New York City when two women meet for the first time. Both are searching for love and a place to live, but their casual conversation comes to a halt when both realize they have met before.

The following plays will be performed April 26 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 4 p.m.

  • "The Man Who Couldn't Dance" by Jason Katims is directed by senior Cheryl Masaki, Middleton. A new mother living her American dream invites a slightly cynical old flame over for dinner. Is this the life that could have been his? Or would they have made it this far at all?
  • "A Way With Words" by Frank D. Gilroy is directed by senior Carly Magill, Oconomowoc. Fred finds himself caught in the middle of his friend's divorce 13 years after the fact. He realizes that he is not in the middle, but he is actually a part of the love triangle.
  • "The Next Contestant" by Frank D. Gilroy is directed by senior Kelly Burau, Victoria, Minn. Walter is a contestant on "The Big Challenge." He must call an old girlfriend and get her to agree to a date. Will he win the bonus jackpot?
  • "The Last Yankee" by Arthur Miller is directed by senior Barb Weisenberger, Fall Creek. Join Leroy and Frick as they meet in the waiting room of a state mental hospital. Success and failure can mean a lot of things, but to these two men the meaning gets lost in their words.
  • "Ikke, Ikke, Nye, Nye, Nye" by Lanford Wilson is directed by senior Ashley Smith, Lone Rock. After an evening rendezvous, Graham finds himself in the house of his eager seductress. An oddball night ensues, filled with miscommunication, sexual tension and unexpected phone calls.

The following plays will be performed April 27 at 4 p.m. and April 28 at 8 p.m.

  • "Poison" by Elliot Hayes is directed by senior Michael Evano, Minneapolis. After coming home early from work one night to find his wife, Karen, in bed with the neighbor, Jack does what any man would do in such a situation: he goes out to buy ice cream. Upon returning, Jack and Karen discuss the affair, as well as the deeper issues in their lives. Can they get past this episode, or will it forever poison their relationship?
  • "Breaking the Chain" by Michael Bigelow Dixon and Val Smith is directed by senior Jennifer Aldridge, Eau Claire. After her superstitious neighbors begin an amazing lucky streak, Jessica chucks the chain letter they have sent her. Is her skepticism correct, or will she realize that she has made a disastrous mistake?
  • "Saturday Supplement" by Edward R. Murkland is directed by senior Anthony Frick, Darlington. We have all felt the urge to skip town when the bills come. What happens, though, when a bill collector is at the door?
  • "Fast Women" by Willie Reale is directed by senior Jason Fehlen, Osceola. For George, fifth place seems to be the story of his life. Even though he was outrun by a girl and didn't make the team, George gets something Steve couldn't: the girl.
  • "Long Walk to Forever" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., adapted by Bryan Harnetiaux, is directed by senior Carrie Mc Cormick, Elk River, Minn. Can a childhood friendship last forever? Newt and Catharine must choose between the past and the present to discover their futures.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (800) 949-UWEC, are $2.



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