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Summer Series at UW-Eau Claire Continues with Music and Drama

RELEASED: July 9, 2009

Peter Phippen Group
Peter Phippen Group

EAU CLAIRE — A performance by the Peter Phippen Group July 13 and the second of the new summer series Shakespeare and Others in the Park July 15 will highlight the sixth week of Summer Events at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Both free shows will begin at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall (rain site: The Cabin of Davies Center). The audience is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. Free popcorn will be available.

Monday's Music on the Mall performer Peter Phippen began playing, collecting and researching world flutes in 1987. His connection to these instruments was formed when a friend gave him his first flute, an Indian bansuri. Since then, Phippen has had four CDs released by Canyon Records of Phoenix — recordings that have brought his flute playing to the attention of critics and flute enthusiasts worldwide. Released in October 2006, "Shadows of Dawn" was featured for five months in the top 25 on Public Radio International's syndicated program "Echoes," peaking at No. 8. "Night Song" was a 2003 Native American Music Awards nominee in the Native Heart category. "Echoes of the Past" was a finalist in the 2000 Crossroads Music Awards. And his debut recording with Canyon Records, "Book of Dreams," charted at No. 17 in the New Age Voice. Phippen also has played antique and contemporary bamboo and Native American flutes on two releases for Lifescapes as well as three solo recordings with On Hold Productions/Music Design Specialties with the permission of Canyon Records.

The Shakespeare and Others in the Park series, scheduled for Wednesdays in July, celebrates the spoken word through short plays, prose and poetry. This week's performance will be "Lone Star" by James McLure, directed by Josh Dolan-Neill and presented by BareBones Ensemble Theatre. The short play contains adult language and content and mature themes not appropriate for children.

The play takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar. Roy (Timothy Hartzel), a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Vietnam and is trying to reestablish his position in the community. Joined by his younger brother, Ray (Derek Brehm), who worships him, Roy sets about consuming a case of beer while regaling Ray with tales of his military and amorous exploits. Roy cherishes three things above all: his country, his sexy young wife and his 1959 pink Thunderbird. With the arrival of Cletis (Ben Richgruber), the fatuous, newlywed son of the local hardware store owner, the underpinnings of Roy's world begin to collapse as it gradually comes out that Ray had slept with his brother's wife during his absence and — horror of horrors — has just demolished his cherished Thunderbird. Despite all, the high good humor of the play never lapses and it all ends as breezily and happily as it began.

The Fresh Start Farmers Mart is presented on the Central Campus Mall from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday through July 30.

Classical guitarist Jeff Jaworski will perform July 19 at 2 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center. The light classical Summer Sounds concert is presented in cooperation with the department of music and theatre arts.

With the theme "Welcome to our Backyard," the Summer Events series continues through July 30. A complete schedule is available online or through the Service Center by calling 715-836-3727. The eight-week series is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire and coordinated by the University Centers.

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