Original script written by Professor Gustin
The University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac Theater Department will present the world premiere of Leviathan by Richard Gustin Nov. 2-6 in the Prairie Theater, 400 University Dr., Fond du Lac. Show times are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Gustin is a professor of communications and theater arts at UW-Fond du Lac and Leviathan is the third premiere work written by him and produced at the campus in as many years.
“Leviathan is a play that has been rolling around in my mind for a number of years,” said Gustin. “It involves a priest in private practice as a therapist and his difficulty having significant relationships. He is a professional communicator, but has trouble communicating with those closest to him, especially females. There are events in his past that hinder him and I wanted to explore the ramifications of those.”
Cast members include: Alan Drake (Peter), Nichole Reno (Julia), Nathan Rector (Ed), Dan Derge (Fr. Bill), Jon Todd (Young Peter), Kylee Brabant (Margaret) and Ty Trainor (John). Understudies are Cierra Glaeser, Todd Beitz, Mackenzie Halfman, Joey French and Max Kroll.
Technical crew members include stage managers: Sarah Lally, Kylee Brabant and Cierra Glaeser; crew members: Ally Schleh, Ari Steiner, Dom Probst, Mason Melius, Sarah Lotz, Kelsey Flaskrud, Erin Sugden, Makayla Wilhelms, Robb Blank, Mike Blank, Joseph Wiedmeyer, Katie Kotsonis, Emma Wagner, Jesse French, Deszray Murphy, Max Kroll and Nathaniel Hounsell.
Bruce Towell and Andy Sheloff are the technical directors.
Tickets are $12 general admission or $6 students and are available at the door or by calling (920) 929-1111. UW-Fond du Lac students are free on Nov. 2. The production includes adult themes and language.
The theater students are also raising funds for a theater scholarship during this production to be awarded in the future through the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation. To support this scholarship, a direct donation can be mailed to the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation or a donation can be made online. Please designate that the donation is for the theater scholarship.