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Students are Directors in UW-Eau Claire's
Annual Short Play Festival, Nov. 16, 19 and 20

RELEASED: Nov. 12, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts will present its Fall Short Play Festival in the Kjer Theatre at 4 and 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and Nov. 19-20.

The student-directed plays are presented in repertory and are often challenging to both the new director and the audience. Several plays are presented at each performance, with each play presented several times.

Group A: Performing at 4 p.m. Nov. 16 and at 8 p.m. Nov. 19

  • "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" by Allen Knee, directed by senior Mary Lee Peterson, Barneveld. The tradition of St. Valentine's Day has been about loving memories of a true love couple. But when a man and a women change their traditions, it seems to take many different turns.
  • "Practical Magic" by Shannon Keith Kelley, directed by senior Helen Bostock, Stanley. The contrast of reactions between a young couple with a robust new baby and another couple whose infant needs medical attention is explored in order to examine the need for faith and rituals that confirm faith in a society preoccupied with material comforts.
  • "Ashes to Ashes," by Harold Pinter, directed by senior Abbie Williams, Roberts. A man questions his wife relentlessly about her mysterious, abusive ex-lover. But the truth he seeks is clouded by her conceptions of violence and of reality.

Group B: Performing at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and at 4 p.m. Nov. 20

  • "Closet Madness" by Murray Schisgal, directed by senior Becky Witt, Jefferson. When Sam realizes heterosexuality isn't for him anymore, he tries to convince a friend to turn away from women and try a relationship together.
  • "Home" by Laura Cahill, directed by senior Andrew Christianson, La Crosse. A newly divorced woman moves back home to get a fresh start on life; however, she discovers that her mother may not give her the warm welcome she's expecting. Mother and daughter must learn to come to terms with the lives they have lived.
  • "Something Unspoken" by Tennessee Williams, directed by senior Emily Van Winkle, Waukesha. An active socialite is rebelling against the "cult" that is the Confederate Daughters. Meanwhile, she and her long-time secretary admit that there has always been something "unspoken" between them.

Group C: Performing at 4 p.m. Nov. 19 and at 8 p.m. Nov. 20

  • "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" by Tennessee Williams, directed by senior Melissa Vander Heiden, Plover. This comedy set in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, on a cotton plantation, asks: Will 27 wagons of cotton bring a baby?
  • "You Can't Trust the Male" by Randy Noojin, directed by senior Lisa Kuhle, Hazel Green. When two people meet in a coincidental spot, can they become friends? Or can you really trust the opposite sex?
  • "Hidden in This Picture" by Aaron Sorkin, directed by senior Sarah Lanners, St. Paul Park, Minn. Creators of a film observe the shooting of the film's final perfect shot. And then the shot becomes...imperfect. Will the film director ever recover?

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

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