The UW-Fond du Lac Theater Department will present the Fond du Lac premiere of “Crooked” by Catherine Trieschmann, March 8-13, in the Prairie Theater, 400 University Dr. Show times are Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Directed by UW-Fond du Lac Professor Richard Gustin, the production features student actors and technicians. The play will be performed in a black box setting in the Prairie Theater by two different casts.
Gustin says “Crooked” is a gripping dramatic comedy about 14-year-old Laney who arrives in Oxford, Mississippi, with a twisted back, a mother in crisis and a burning desire to be a writer. When she befriends Maribel Purdy, a born-again believer who tries to save her from the humiliations of high school, Laney embarks on a hilarious spiritual and sexual journey that challenges her mother’s secular worldview and threatens to tear their fragile relationship apart. This play includes adult themes and content and parental guidance is advised.
Each of the casts will perform the show three times.
Cast X will perform on March 8, 10 and 11 and features MaKenzie Bauman, Kylee Brubant and Maria Nummerdor.
Cast Z will perform on March 9, 12 and 13 and features Kylie Lorraine, Cierra Glaeser and Mackenzie Halfman. The student understudy is Emily Schroeder.
Student technicians are Mykenzie Anderson, Marcus Crain, Kayleigh Engel, Jacob Levinger, Kylie Lorraine, Jazmyne Pla, Dom Probst, Emily Schroeder, Arianna Steier, Jon Todd and Bryce Vegter. Stage managers are UW-Fond du Lac alumnus Nathaniel Hounsel and Emma Wagner. Hounsell also serves as assistant director. Bruce Towell is technical director and alumnus Andy Sehloff is lighting designer.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to be working on a play by such a gifted playwright as Catherine Trieschmann, especially with two different casts,” said Gustin. “Audiences will recall that we produced Catherine’s work ‘How the World Began’ a couple of years ago and what a powerful experience that was for our community. ‘Crooked’ is a beautifully complex play about teenage angst, the problems of high school and family dynamics that we all can relate to.”
Several UW-Fond du Lac faculty are incorporating the production into their classes: Peter DeSmidt, philosophy; Richard Gustin, communication and theater arts; Paisley Harris, history; James Hutchinson, English; Chris Johnson, philosophy; Kayoung Kim, psychology-education; Michaela Null, anthropology-sociology; Paul Sager, English; Lisa Schreibersdorf, English; Wendi Turchan, art; Lee Watson, health, exercise science and athletics; and Kristi Wilkum, communications and theater arts. These faculty and students will gather for a large group discussion about the play at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 at the UW-Fond du Lac campus. The public is invited.
UW-Fond du Lac students can attend free on March 8 and 9 with ID.
Tickets are $12 adults, $6 students and are available at the door or by calling (920) 929-1111.
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