Ozarks Theatre to present "Unfair Arguments With Existence"

Release Date: 11/2/1998

Clarksville, Ark. --- University of the Ozarks Theatre will present "Unfair Arguments With Existence" at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 13, and Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Walton Fine Arts Center on campus.

Under the direction of theatre professor Bruce Brown, the production is a compilation of short plays written by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1960. Two of the plays --- "The Soldiers of No Country" and "The Victims of Amnesia" --- form the center of University Theatre's production. Two of Ferlinghetti's poems --- "The World is a Beautiful Place" and The Long Street" --- are also featured.

In his work, Ferlinghetti raises such timeless life questions and arguments as: "Is this the beginning of the end?" "What are we doing?" "Does God think this is funny?" "What have we chosen to forget?" and "What takes over from here?"

U of O Theatre's production uses performances and production values influenced by existentialism, theatre of the absurd, realism, surrealism and expressionism. Audiences are guaranteed an evening of nontraditional and provocative theatre. The production is U of O's entry into the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. The Arkansas Festival will be held at the University of Central Arkansas Nov. 17-21.

The cast includes: Jennifer Penka as Young Woman; Stacey Duff as Toledano; Matthew Hill as Denny; Jennifer Kreieheder as Erma; Megann McManus as Marie; Brandy Rhodes and Cooper Mann as Long Street Chorus; and Amberly Mouser as Maurice. The crew includes Brown, Katari Hawthorne, C.J. Ellis, Jenny "Trillian" Stevenson; Chad Cox, Mann, Desiree Goetz, Rhodes, Rachel Pickett, Jason Wakefield, Penka and Hill.

General admission is $5. For more information on the production, call 979-1349.