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University of Central Missouri
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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
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Department of Theatre Presents Studio Theatre One-Acts

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBUG, MO (April 1, 2009) - The UCM Department of Theatre's Studio Theatre series presents three one-acts plays performed, directed, and designed by UCM students Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April 10, in the Black Box Theatre, located on the first floor of Nickerson Hall.


In Poof! , a comedy by by Lynn Nottage, Loureen, played by Deanna Mazdra, comes to the end of her rope with her abusive husband, Samuel, portrayed by Adam Henry, but she doesn’t expect him to spontaneously combust!  With her neighbor Florence, played by Crystal Mann, she is motivated to sweep up the ashes and reclaim her life.  Poof! is directed by Rebecca Casselman, with technical direction by Ashley Ayers.

Cracking the Whip

Cracking the Whip by Bruce Kane is the humorous story of Alan Bedford, a middle-aged man played by Kevin Fox, who struggles with relationships in reality, especially in his mind. A manifestation of his ex-wife, Laura, played by Sheri Ann McCartney, tries to help him distinguish between fantasy and reality. Rounding out the cast are Julie-Rose E. Tedrick as Susan and Natasha Valdez as Amber. Cracking the Whip is directed by Robert Schneider, with technical direction by Andrew Meek.


Chicago, by Sam Shepard, focuses on the dilemma of Stu, played by Jacob Randall, who becomes increasingly aware of the danger posed to the human spirit by civilization, which affects his particular problem at hand – his lover is leaving him.  Joy, played by Angelina DeFeo, accepts a job in the windy city, leaving Stu to contemplate his own existence and the world around him.  Rounding out the cast are Elizabeth Clark as Myra, Stephanie Bibb as Sally, Chas Coffman as Joe, Darius Hagens as Jim and Joe Burkard as the Policeman. Chicago is directed by Aaron Taylor with technical direction by Jacque Schneider.

Performances are Free

The performances in the Studio Theatre series are free and open to the public. No reservations or tickets are required. However, due to limited seating, arrival at least 45 minutes before the show begins is strongly encouraged.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Children under the age of five will not be admitted. These shows contain adult language and are not appropriate for all audiences.

For additional information, please contact the Department of Theatre at 660-543-4020.