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Issues of self-image, oppressed sexuality and familial separation are explored in Pretty Theft, a play directed by John Kaufmann, an assistant professor of theatre, dance and media studies. Performances will take place from Thursday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 25 and from Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m. in the Neese Performing Arts Complex’s Kresge Theatre.
“This play mixes styles and genres, incorporating dance, video, comedy, drama and surrealism, even taking audiences inside the characters' dreams and nightmares,” Kaufmann said. “People will enjoy the sheer theatricality of the play, which creates a lively, carnival atmosphere inside the intimate Kresge Theatre.”
Written by renowned playwright Adam Szymkowicz, Pretty Theft tells the story of an 18-year-old girl named Allegra who feels stuck. It’s the summer before college, and she has a dying father, a clueless boyfriend and a part-time job at a group home. Her most meaningful relationship is with an autistic savant obsessed with ballerinas and fixing mechanical devices. When her new friend, Suzy, invites her on a rebellious road trip, Allegra gladly accepts. But instead of leaving her troubles behind, she falls into the trap of a smooth-talking master criminal. With minimal ballet training and a history of missteps, will Allegra be able to dance her way out of this one?
“Along with telling an engaging story, the play aims to affect audiences sensually: with music, light, sound, texture, movement and human shape/form,” Kaufmann said
Julia Helmeid’15 stars as Allegra, and Dena Winter’15 plays Suzy. The rest of the cast is comprised of Kidiocus Carroll’14, Mike Kreiser’13, Alen Keric’14, Hannah Haverkamp’14, Emily Wells’13, Elyse Hill’14, and Alissa Chen’14. Marilu Wiesner’14 is the student choreographer, Eva Herndon’13 is the student costume designer, and Danielle Rabold’13 is the student stage manager.
Tickets are $8.50 for regular admission, $5 for senior, faculty and staff, and $4 for students. To order tickets, call the box office at 608-363-2755. The box office is open from 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.