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October 15, 2001

UW-RF to Stage Production of Crow and Weasel

The department of speech communication and theatre arts at UW-River Falls will present the play "Crow and Weasel" Oct. 19-20 and 25-27 at 8 p.m. in the Blanche Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. There will also be two matinee performances on Oct. 24 and 25 at 9:30 a.m.

The story of Crow and Weasel is rooted in Native American mythology. It tells the story of the adventures of Crow and Weasel as the twosome travels to far and fantastic lands in search of a new creature that is hairless and featherless, in fact, a new kind of creature who may be a human being.

Along the way, Crow and Weasel encounter numerous animal helpers who assist them in their quest. Through their adventure, the two learn much about themselves, nature, and their place in the universe.

Rich with poetic imagery, moving dialogue and dance, "Crow and Weasel" appeals to people of all ages. Like all good mythology, it uses simple storytelling devices to teach. It reminds us of our humility, our personal strength and the sanctity of life.

Student actors appearing in the play include freshman Stephanie Briggs, a speech communication major from Cottage Grove, Minn. who plays Crow; freshman Brad Jennings, an English major from Chetek who plays Weasel; junior Brooke Newmaster, a speech communication major from White Bear Lake, Minn.; sophomore Stephanie Kay Dale, a sociology major from Cottage Grove, Minn., who plays Mouse.

Freshman Casey Anderson, a social science major from Hastings, Minn. plays Grizzly Bear; sophomore Sarah Martin, an English major from Mounds View, Minn. plays Red Fox; freshman Kimberly Cieslewicz, a pre-elementary education major from Wittenburg plays Caribou; and freshman Morgan Siegrist, a biology major from Cottage Grove, Minn., plays Mother Weasel.

Ellen Karstens, who is guest artist in residence fall semester at UW-RF, is director for the play. Karstens is a professional actor and director who works in the Twin Cities area.

The play is based on a collection of stories by Barry Lopez and adapted for the stage by Jim Leonard, Jr. Set design and lighting is by Professor of Speech Communication and Theatre Ken Stofferahn. Costume design is by special student Moria Clinton, a speech communication major from River Falls, who has combined Native American imagery with her own powerful imagination to create interesting and evocative costumes.

Tickets for "Crow and Weasel" are available at the University Theatre Ticket Office in the lobby of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building, or by calling 715/425-3114. The cost is $3 for seniors and for students of all ages, and $7 for adults.

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