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UCM Theatre Season Opens with BlackBox One-Act Plays

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 1, 2010) –The University of Central Missouri Department of Theatre opens its 2010-2011 season with an evening of studio theatre one-acts directed, designed, and performed entirely by UCM students Sept. 16-18 in the BlackBox Theatre on the first floor of Nickerson Hall.

Death Amid the Rich and Famous by Norman Beim is a dark comedy about a gossip reporter, portrayed by Brie Winter, who receives some news that turns her world upside down, and her assistant, Mona, played by Alexis Morris, who helps her cope. The play is directed by Trent Reese with technical direction by Cassidy Srock

Flamboyant Man in the Rain by Richard T. Young is the hilarious story of a down-on-his-luck cartoon writer and a hairstylist on the verge of being fired who are forced to share a cab during a rainstorm. Played by Tanner Pearce and Avery Myers, the initially hostile passengers soon realize that their plights are not so different. The director is Adam Smith and the technical director is Stephanie Jenkins.

Thirst by Eugene O'Neill is the tale of an internationally acclaimed dancer, played by Latasha Ross, adrift in a lifeboat. Her fellow castaways are played by Darius Hagens and Adam Henry. James A. Patten directs this effort with technical direction provided by Brian Weiss.

Charlie Blake’s Boat by Graeme Gillis is directed by Alice Pollack with Jacob Randall as the technical director. In this comedy about love and finding something to live for, Charlie Blake, played by Derek Trautwein, is about to set sail in the boat he’s built himself when his ex-girlfriend, played by Alisha Morris, shows up to tell him not to go.

The BlackBox Theatre performances open to the public. Admission is $1. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.Due to limited seating, arrival at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the show is strongly encouraged. Children under the age of five will not be admitted. Some material may be suitable for mature audiences only.

For additional information about the UCM Theatre Department, call 660-543-4020.