WMU News

University Theatre stages Edward Albee triology

Feb. 1, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- The University Theatre at Western Michigan University presents "Sand: Three Plays by Edward Albee" for nine performances opening Feb. 6 and closing Feb. 15.

Directed by guest artist Allison Williams, the three plays present three views of the American pursuit of happiness, death and dying, and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of great pain.

Performances are scheduled for Feb. 6-8 and 11-15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. in the Zack L. York Arena Theatre in the Gilmore Theatre Complex. Tickets are $6 for all patrons and can be purchased by calling the Gilmore Theatre Ticket Office at 269 387-6222, Mondays through Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased through the Epic Center Box
Office at 269 387-0402 in downtown Kalamazoo. An opening night reception sponsored by Galley Subs follows the Thursday, Feb. 6, performance.

Acclaimed the leader of a new theatrical movement, Edward Albee brings three distinct plays from three distinct times together to form Sand. The plays presented in the production are "The Sandbox" (1959), "Box" (1968), and "Finding the Sun" (1983). The plays, written over a 20-year span, reflect Albee's differing perceptions of death and dying as a young man, as an emerging playwright, and as an established artist. "Sand" confronts the traditional morbidity of the living by showing us the possibility of death as a journey, and the Angel of Death as a friend.

The production features seniors Sarah Ball, Mandy Kinney, Kristin Padilla and Allen VanHouzen; juniors Mike Bowlin, Josh Davis and Lynne Jacobson; sophomores Monica Ortega, Kurt Pickelmann and Sarah Scanlon; and freshmen Katie Duthler, Prescott Seymour and J. Steadman.

Media contact: Shauna Thieman, 269 387-6222, shauna.thieman@wmich.edu

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