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Shaw's "Misalliance" staged this weekend only

April 3, 2006

KALAMAZOO--University Theatre presents George Bernard Shaw's "Misalliance" for four performances only, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 6-8, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in Shaw Theatre at Western Michigan University.

G.B. Shaw received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. His play "Misalliance" exemplifies his witty exposure of Victorian morality, a behavior code that he considered at best stuffy and at worst downright condemnable. Mating instincts are at the heart of this story, and as hearts quickly change their objects of pursuit, the audience is treated to steady stream of laughs over the fickle characters.

Misalliance is directed by Professor of Theatre James Daniels, who brought to life this season's production of "Proof" and last year's award-winning version of "Othello." The cast of "Misalliance" includes WMU seniors George Frye, Kristie Kelley, Melissa Pryor, Prescott Seymour and Dayna Woodhams; juniors Paul Culos and Ryan Welsh; and sophomores Ryan Guess and Samuel Gray. The creative team includes students Laura Williams, stage manager; Joseph Shoup, scenic designer; Kristen Carrier, lighting designer; and Palmer Jankens, sound designer. The theatre department's Kate MacKenzie is designing the costumes for the production.

An opening night reception sponsored by Theo & Stacy's will take place following Thursday's performance.

Tickets for "Misalliance" may be purchased by calling (269) 387-6222 or visiting the University Theatre Ticket Office weekdays noon to 5 p.m. Box offices at Miller Auditorium and the Epic Center also sell tickets to University Theatre productions.

The 2005-06 University Theatre season is made possible through a partnership with the Millennium Restaurant Group.

Media contact: Patrick Donnelly, (269) 387-6222, patrick.donnelly@wmich.edu

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