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March 1, 2002

UW-RF to Stage Production of Patient A

The University Theatre at UW-River Falls will present "Patient A," a story based on the case of Kimberly Bergalis, a young woman who apparently acquired AIDS from her dentist. It is set for March 7-9 and 14-16 in the Syse Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building at 8 p.m.

The thought-provoking play considers the emotional aspects of the epidemic on family and victims. It raises questions about our individual response to victims, the role of the media in our perception of the epidemic, and our desire to distinguish between "innocent" and "guilty" victims.

Student actors include Suzanne Eastlund from Byron, Minn.; Gary Laib from Poynette, Wis.; and Scott Moore from River Falls. All three are seniors majoring in speech communication with an emphasis in theatre arts.

The production is one component in a series of activities sponsored by the departments of speech communication and theatre arts, psychology, social work, art and English. The activities will be held on the UW-RF campus between March 7-16 to enhance campus awareness of AIDS.

Books about AIDS will be on display at the Chalmer Davee Library beginning March 7. UW-RF faculty will conduct a public forum on "The Psychology and Biology of AIDS; Mind and Matter," at noon on March 13 at the Syse Theatre in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building.

Students studying social work will display posters they created on the theme, and art students will display their work in Kleinpell. Students and faculty in the English Department will do a reading of Susan Sontag's "The Way We Live Now," on Friday, March 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Breezeway of the Chalmer Davee Library.

The public is welcome to participate in the AIDS awareness activities. Tickets for performances of "Patient A" are $7 for adults and $3 for students, and can be reserved by calling the ticket office at 715/435-3114. -30-

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