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Date, 2003

UW-RF Theatre to Perform Two Plays This Semester

The UW-River Falls Theatre will explore the depths of human behavior and motivation with two unique plays this semester.

"Copenhagen," by Michael Frayn, is based on the 1941 historical meeting between prominent Danish physicist Niels Bohr and the German physicist heading Hitler's nuclear research project, Werner Heisenberg. UW-RF theatre Professor James Zimmerman will direct.

Heisenberg, one of the most gifted modern physicists, was neither a Nazi nor a Nazi sympathizer. The play explores why he remained in socialist Germany for 12 years, sought a prominent academic position in Berlin that included the scientific directorship of nuclear fission research for the German army and what he wanted from his former colleague, Bohr.

"Copenhagen" runs Feb. 26-28 and March 4-6. Adult tickets are $7; student and senior tickets are $3. The play is for mature audiences only.

A symposium is scheduled for the opening night of "Copenhagen" that will discuss the historical, scientific and artistic aspects of the show.

Speakers include history Professor Ed Peterson, physics Professor Eileen Korenic and Zimmerman. The symposium is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about "Copenhagen." It will be at 4 p.m. in the Blanche Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building.

"The Laramie Project," by Moisˇs Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theatre Project, is a theatrical collage that explores the depths of the Mathew Shepard story. Suzy Messerole, a member of the Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis, will be the guest director.

Shepard was a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming who was kidnapped, beaten and tied to a fence to die because he was gay. Members of the Tectonic Theatre Project made several trips to Laramie, Wyo., over the course of a year and a half after Shepard's death and during the trial of the two men accused of his murder.

They conducted over 200 interviews with the people of Laramie and constructed a touching portrait that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion that human beings are capable of.

The show runs April 22-24, 29-30 and May 1. Adult tickets are $7; student and senior tickets are $3. This play is for mature audiences only.

A lecture concerning the aspects of putting together "The Laramie Project" will be held March 30 at the River Falls Public Library. Speakers include Theatre Director Robin Murray, theatre Professor Ken Stofferahn and Messerole.

For ticket information, contact the box office at 715/425-3114. For information about the "Copenhagen" symposium, contact Zimmerman at 715/4288. For information about "The Laramie Project" lecture, contact Murray at 715/425-3097.


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