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Uncommon Women Rule on the Morris Stage

Posted by Lindy Jacskon '14, Belle Plain on Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014

Event Date/Time: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 7:30 pm
End Date/Time: Sunday, Apr. 13, 2014 2:00 pm
Location: Black Box Theatre


Following the University of Minnesota, Morris’s all-male production of Bent, Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein will offer audiences a feminine contrast and witty finale to the Theatre Discipline season. The play opens with a reunion of five former classmates and close friends from Mount Holyoke College during the 1970s. A series of flashbacks reveal the humorous, tender, and bitter moments that have made them who they are. Collectively, these “uncommon” women illustrate the diversity and long-lasting influence of the women’s movement in America.

Director Ray Schultz, professor of theatre arts, believes Uncommon Women will resonate with women today through its portrayal of those who paved the way for change and opportunity. Schultz was drawn to the play by its strong female characters. He was also intrigued by the idea of doing a play about a liberal arts college with liberal arts undergraduates.

“There are lots of similarities and lots of differences between Mount Holyoke, an exclusive, all-female institution, and Morris, a public liberal arts college, not to mention the comparisons and contrasts between college life and women's roles in society in the 1970s and contemporary America,” says Schultz.

This production is particularly unique in that Morris staff member Jayne Blodgett, assistant director of Briggs Library, will be acting alongside students as part of the all-female cast, playing the role of housemother Mrs. Plumm. Students that make up the ensemble include Acoma Gaither ’17, Sydney Long ’16, Terese McCauley ’17, Hannah Palmer ’16, Natalie Pope ’17, Emma Randolph ’16, and Julie Renner ’14. Lindy Jackson ’14 completes her senior project in acting, playing the role of Kate Quin.

Nick Brutscher ’14 also completes his senior project in directing, working alongside Schultz as assistant director. Sarah Hanson ’15 serves as stage manager, with Alex Callais ’14 and Silvio Defant ’16 as assistant stage managers. Craig S. Moxon, assistant professor of theatre arts, serves as the production’s scene designer, lighting designer, and technical director, with Skylar Joseph ’14 as assistant scene designer and Evan Sima ’15 as assistant technical director. Additional designers include Matt McDonough ’15 as sound designer, Dalton Blumhoefer ’16 as assistant sound designer, Collin Ireland ’14 as projection designer, Jesse Carlson ’14 and Jonas Newhouse ’16 as prop designers, and Luis Reyes ’14 as costume designer, and Deon Haider ’14 as assistant costume designer. Abbie Thebault-Spieker ’16 serves as the production’s dramaturg.

Performances of Uncommon Women and Others will be held nightly Thursday, April 10, through Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m, with an additional 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, April 13. Tickets ($9 general admission, $5 students/senior citizens) are available for purchase at tickets.umn.edu or by phone at 320-589-6077. For more information, contact the Theatre Publicity and Box Office at 320-589-6249 (Monday–Friday 2–5 p.m.) or by email at spohrl@morris.umn.edu.