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Scottish Director is Visiting Professor

The role of theater in contemporary Scottish culture will be the topic of three public lectures in February by noted Scottish director Helen Marie O'Malley at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

O'Malley, from the internationally acclaimed Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland, is on campus preparing to direct the University Theatre production, "Bondagers," at 8 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 1, 6-8 at the Blanche Davis Theatre in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building.

In its 40th year, the Traverse Theatre is exclusively dedicated to the Scottish "New Writing." Its productions have been seen worldwide including London, Toronto, Budapest, Oslo, Stockholm and New York. Featured in a recent documentary by the BBC, the Traverse is a major venue for the Edinburgh International.

O'Malley's campus presentations are free and open to the public. The schedule is:

•"All About Bondagers," Feb. 6, 9:30 a.m., Room 108 (Davis Theatre), Kleinpell Fine Arts. O'Malley will discuss a history of the play's classic role in new Scottish Theater.
• "New Scottish Writing," Feb. 7, 3:30 p.m., Davee Library Breezeway . O'Malley will define the literary movement and highlight contemporary Scottish fiction writers and the cultural role of these new literary voices.
• "New Scottish Theatre," Feb. 12, noon, Room 103 (Studio Theatre), Kleinpell Fine Arts. New Scottish theater plays a role in forging national identity for the country.

O'Malley will also highlight the Traverse Theatre and its role in new play development and the "new Scottish writing." O'Malley's participation in UW-River Falls' Visiting Professor Program reflects the special relationship between UW-River Falls and Scotland. Each year since 1987, UW-RF students have participated in the Wisconsin In Scotland program that sends 80 UW students who study and live for a semester in Dalkeith House, an 18th century manor near Edinburgh. The Scotland program is through a consortium of five UW universities with classes taught by UW and University of Edinburgh faculty.

"Bondagers," by contemporary Scottish playwright Sue Glover, portrays the lives of 19th century women who worked on the great estates located in the Borders Region of Scotland. Despite being on the lowest rungs of the socio-economic ladder, these women fashioned culturally rich communities.

For ticket information for "Bondagers," call the UW-RF box office, 715/425-3115.

O'Malley's lectures are sponsored by the UW-RF Visiting Professor Fund and the departments of English, speech communication, and theatre arts, political science, plant and earth science, animal and food science, University Theatre, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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