‘Toil and Rubble’ shows unique post-apocalyptic perspectives

Depicting the ‘end of days’ through performance has been done many ways with many angles. The movie “I Am Legend” depicted it as a virus fallout and its aftermath, where as movies in “The Matrix” Trilogy depict it as a machine ... Continue Reading →

Children’s shows basis for adult performance

A classic kids’ television series is the inspiration for an exploration of queer theory at the Kleinau Theater this weekend.  Queer and transgender activist Benny LeMaster, a doctoral candidate in communication studies from Long Beach, Calif., wrote ... Continue Reading →
Emily Thompson, alumna of theater from Rock Falls, Pearlshana Cummings, a junior studying performance studies from Chicago and Nico Wood, a doctoral candidate in performance studies, recite a play Tuesday during auditions in the Communications Building for Athena and the Apple. Wood is the director of the play, which will debut in March at the Kleinau Theatre. “The play is made up of desire, love and exploration,” Wood said. “I want to see how well the auditioners can perform and collaborate.”

Cast planted for ‘Athena and the Apple’

In March the Kleinau Theater will present “Athena and the Apple,” but the audition process is already over. Director Nico Wood said the play is a coming-of-age love story between three high school seniors, led by the character Athena, and the way ... Continue Reading →

Riffers critique media messages

As people entered the Marion Kleinau Theater Friday night, a stern movie usher gave them a long list of strict warnings. David Whitfield, the play’s usher and graduate student in speech communication from Cairo, said he would rid the audience of a chance ... Continue Reading →

‘Villain’ lets its dark side show

There’s a little evil in everyone. This weekend at the Kleinau Theater, seven actors will let their evil be known. Director Brian Healy’s “Villain” explores seven characters who lead a corporate lifestyle, each with his or her own darkness. Healy, ... Continue Reading →

Sit down, strap in for a ‘spell’

Marion Kleinau Theater patrons can see the spell and ride the halo this weekend. “I Put a Spell on You,” written, directed and performed by Charlie Hope Dorsey and co-directed by Sheng-Tao Fan, hits the stage Thursday, as well as “Rollercoaster ... Continue Reading →

Visiting artist takes up residence at university

For Violet Juno, the artist-in-residence this week at the university’s Marion Kleinau theater, language can be interpreted in different ways. Juno has visited the university for residency periods since 2005. Her performance “(I’m Still Here) Language ... Continue Reading →
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