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'SEASCAPE' PLAY TO BE PRESENTED


By Justine Benzen
UW-RF University Communications

NOV. 22, 2005--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls University Theatre presents "Seascape" Dec. 8-10 and Dec. 15-17 in the Blanche Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building at 7:30 p.m.

"Seascape," winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize, was critically hailed in its successful Broadway production. The play brings true eloquence, wit and warmth to its compelling yet subtle examination of the meaning and significance of life.              

Playwright Edward Albee introduces the audience to a deserted stretch of beach and a middle-aged couple. The couple relaxes after a picnic lunch, talk idly about home, family and their life together. She sketches, naps and then suddenly two sea creatures - lizards that have decided to leave the ocean depths to come ashore and join the couple.  

Initial fear and suspicion of each other, are soon replaced by curiosity and, before long, the humans and lizards (who speak English) are engaged in a fascinating dialogue. At an advanced stage of evolution, the lizards are contemplating the terrifying, yet exciting, possibility of embarking on life out of the water.   For the couple, whose life has grown routine, the lizards hold the answers to their most urgent questions. The answers are given with warmth, humor and poetic eloquence, and with emotional and intellectual reverberations that will linger in the heart and mind long after the play has ended.

"The play is very interesting," said Gorden Hedahl, who directs the production. "The play is about how we see the world, how we understand the world and our place in it."

Hedahl says the production is an interesting take on the theory of evolution and the changes we face in our everyday lives.

The production is for mature audiences only. Tickets, $7 for adults and $4 for students, will be on sale at the box office two weeks before the production between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performance. For more information and season ticket information contact the University Box Office at 715-425-3114 or 1-800-228-5423.

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L to R: The UW-River Falls University Theatre production of Seascape, by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Edward Albee, is at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8-10 and 15-17 in the Blanche Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. The cast includes UW-RF sophomore James Davis, an art education major from Baldwin, who plays Leslie; UW-RF alumnus Scot Moore, who plays Charlie; sophomore Ambrosia Webb, a theatre major from Hudson, who plays Nancy; and senior Kortney Simpson, a theatre major from Hudson, who portrays Sara. The production is directed by speech and theatre Professor Gorden Hedahl. Erin Fiser, a senior majoring in music who is from Ladysmith, Wis., is the stage manager. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students, available at the box office, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, two weeks before the performance and one hour before the performance, 715-425-3114 or 1-800-228-5423.

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