Five students to direct one-act comedies

February 20, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE- Five students at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will be given their first opportunities to direct and design a series of six one-act comedies called "All the Timing." David Ives wrote each one-act comedy with performing time lasting between 10-20 minutes.

John McCaslin-Doyle, director of theatre studies, has spent his last two years at UWP trying to plan and expand directing opportunities for students on campus. "All the Timing" will be the first entirely student directed play in what McCaslin-Doyle hopes to be an annual occurrence.

A different student will direct each one-act comedy with the sixth play being directed by a guest director who goes by the name Colemen. Colemen is a professional actor and director from Mineral Point. He will be directing the play "The Philadelphia" which is based on the television show "Twilight Zone." The story is about a man who receives the opposite of everything he asks for and the state of mind that leaves him in.

Matthew Harker, a senior majoring in theatre who performed in all five of last year's school performances, will be directing "Words, Words, Words." This comedy will feature three performers dressed as lab monkeys with typewriters. The story is based on the question of how long it takes three monkeys with typewriters to produce writing as good as Hamlet.

Melissa Coberley, a senior transfer student majoring in psychology, will be directing "The Sure Thing." In this love story, the subject must change every time a bell is rung.

Cameron Shimniok, a sophomore theatre major who is currently stage managing "Grease", will be directing "The Universal Language." This play features a young woman with a stutter who meets a man that speaks another language. He finds her voice beautiful not knowing she stutters and instantly falls in love with her.

Allyn Weber, a recent graduate from UWP, who has returned to earn a degree in theatre, will be directing "Variations on the Death of Trotsky." This comedy features 16 various ways in which the Russian revolutionary discovered he died.

Dan Jendrzejewski, a sophomore theatre major, will be directing "Phillip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread." This musical will feature the modern composer of new age and shopping music, Phillip Glass. Set in a grocery store, this comedy describes how everyday groceries inspire Glass to compose shopping music.

Audition dates for "All the Timing" will be held March 12-13 in the Center for the Fine Arts with times to be announced. The directors are currently looking to cast approximately 18 individuals.

"All the Timing" will be performed April 30 to May 3 at 8 p.m. each night. Admission will be $3 for students, $5 for faculty and seniors and $6 for general admission. Tickets will be available at the Center for the Fine Arts Box Office at (608) 342-1298 about 2-3 weeks prior to the performance date.

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