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Virtual technology takes the stage in 'Mother Courage'

March 23, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Game and digital media artists at Western Michigan University have joined forces with University Theatre to create the interactive production, "Mother Courage and Her Children," which premieres Thursday, March 26, at Shaw Theatre in the Gilmore Theatre Complex.

Performances of "Mother Courage" at Shaw Theatre

  • Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 27, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 28, at 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 2, at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 3, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 4, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 5, at 2 p.m.

Heralded as the greatest play of the 20th century, Bertolt Brecht's production explores the complexities of gain and personal loss as the wily Mother Courage scrambles to profit from a war that threatens the lives of her children.

Game and digital media designer Kevin Abbott has created a video game based on the script that incorporates the design elements of WMU student and faculty designers. Cast members have become models for their digital counterparts, creating an opportunity for the audience to become part of the play. The game will be available for audience members to play on-site prior to each show.

Mark Liermann, assistant professor of theatre, directs the all-student cast, which includes Therese Anderberg, Zack Apman, Samantha Galvin, Joel Hoard, Kim Krane, Chase LePla, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Rachel Napoleon, Michael Potsic, Danielle Price, Louis Sallan, Cassandra Sandberg, Joe Seibert, Tony Serra, Max Wardlaw, Iva Washington, Scott Wiltsie, Mikey Winslow, and Chelsea Wolocko.

The creative team includes WMU faculty and staff members Kevin Abbott, game and digital media designer; Matthew A. Knewtson, lighting designer; and Adam Schumaker, musical director. They are assisted by WMU students Denise Dietrich, costume designer; Doss Freel, scenic designer; Rachel Gruetzner, stage manager; and Josh Reid, sound designer.

General admission seating for "Mother Courage and Her Children" at Shaw Theatre is $20, $15 for senior citizens and WMU employees, and $5 for students. Tickets are available by calling (269) 387-6222, online at wmich.edu/theatre, or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex Ticket Office, Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or downtown Kalamazoo's Epic Center Box Office. Group discounts are available.

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Media contact: Emily Duguay, (269) 387-3227, emily.duguay@wmich.edu

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