SUU Theatre Season Opens With Raucous ComedySeptember 22, 2004
Author: Richard Bugg
The Southern Utah University Department of Theatre Arts and Dance kicks off its Fall season with the wildly funny British farce, “See How They Run” opening at 7:30 p.m. on September 30 in the University’s Auditorium Theatre.
“Surly maids, Russian spies, inebriated church ladies, mistaken identities, and vicars everywhere will make this a sidesplitting experience,” predicts director Richard Bugg. “You’ll be glad the play is over just because your ribs can’t take any more.” The play by Philip King was first produced in 1949 and has remained a favorite piece for theatre companies throughout the world.
Bugg, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, and founder of the Cedar City Neil Simon Festival, explains that, “the challenge in producing such a farce is in the rhythm, pacing, physicality, and word choice.” He is confident that his ensemble of both novice and seasoned student actors are up to the task.
Playing the flirtatious maid Ida is actress Lillian Castillo; the straight-laced yet loving Vicar, Lionel Toop, is portrayed by Jed Rudd; Michelle Caldiero plays the frustrated-in-love church lady, Miss Skillon; Jillene Stark creates the former actress turned Vicar’s wife, Penelope Toop; adding to the chaos is playboy and American Corporal Clive Winton played by Brady Voss. Other cast members include: Brock Williams as the Intruder, Kevin J. Rollins as the Bishop of Lax, Jake Corn as Reverend Arthur Humphrey, and Elijah Eskelsen as Sergeant Towers.
Each Theatre Arts & Dance Main Stage production will be supplemented by “Perspectives”—a presentation and discussion of the social, historical or thematic issues investigated by the play or concert. This series offers educational experiences that examine the multi-faceted relationship between the arts and other academic disciplines. “Perspectives” for “See How They Run” will be on October 1 in Room AU 108 adjoining the Auditorium Lobby from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. immediately preceding that evening’s performance.
“See How They Run” plays September 30 through October 2 and Oct. 6-9 at 7:30 p.m. in the SUU Auditorium Theatre. Ticket costs are $3 for students, $6 for SUU Faculty/Staff, and $10 for the general public. For more info, the Box Office is at 435-586-7878. For more details about the Theatre Arts and Dance Department of the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts, see www.suu.edu/pva.