The UW-La Crosse History Department Contemporary Issues Series is hosting two presentations. The first is Children and Modern Warfare on Tuesday, October 21st at 4 P.M. in 1309 Centennial Hall. Professor Heidi Morrison will speak about children's experiences with modern forms of warfare. She recently returned from a Fulbright Scholarship in the East Bank, where she conducted oral history research with Palestinians who grew up during the second intifada. On October 28th, at 4 P.M., also in 1309 Centennial Hall, Daoud Nasser, a Palestinian farmer and human rights activist, will speak about his work on rehabilitating traumatized Palestinian children through non-violent activities. Daud is visitng UW-L from Bethlehem, where his family and he organize youth summer camps and maintain a farm called the Tent of Nations which is a haven for peace and justice in a troubled land. Both events are free and open to the public.
Chris Taylor, Diversity Outreach Program Manager at the Minnesota Historical Society will present Leading into Discomfort Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at 5:30 P.M. The presentation will be held at the Pump House Regional Arts Center at 119 King St, La Crosse. The next day, November 6th at 7 P.M., he will present Head, Heart & Hands-Self Awareness to Increase Cultural Competence on the UW-La Crosse Campus, Centennial Hall, room 1309. The UW-L History Department presents these events as part of the Visiting Scholar of Color Series.
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La Crosse, Wis.,—The
UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts presents Peter Brook’s The Man
Who, a piece of work that explores another’s world contained in their mind.
The Man Who examines our attempts to understand the
working of the brain through the use of episodic doctor/patient scenarios. This
play delves into the inner constructs of the mind and reveals how little is
really know about the magnificent muscle, how truly unique each brain is, and
how incredibly different others see the world. Inspired by Oliver Sacks’
neurological study The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, The
Man Who reveals the lives of people afflicted with fantastic
perceptual and intellectual abnormalities including memory loss, violent tics
and outbursts, and the inability to recognize people and common objects.
Peter Brook’s The Man Who is a hypnotizing new theatrical work
that is a vast and mysterious exploration of the mind (and possibly the soul)
ever to be attempted on the stage. It is funny, inspiring, desperate, and
Tickets go on sale at 1:00
p.m. Monday, November 3. Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Saturdays, and one hour before show
times. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior/non UWL students
and $5 for UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522. General admission.
If you go—
Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts
What: The Man Who by Peter Brook
and Marie-Helene Estienne
Where: Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall (lower
level); 16th and State Streets
When: November 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. & November
9 at 2:00 p.m.
Admission: $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and
non-UWL students, $5 UW-L students; call (608)
785-8522. Tickets go on sale
at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 3. Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturdays, and one
hour before show times. General admission. Limited seating.
Cast: Lily Cornwell, Gabby Frenstad-Kirk, Makenna
Johnson, Rebecca Johnson, Kelsey Norton, Beth Ryan, Casey Schneider, Katy
Williams, Erin Gassner, Elissa Wolf
La Crosse, Wis. – Books about modern motherhood and a pilot’s
journey through recovering from a plane crash will be featured during a
UW-La Crosse program highlighting university authors.
The Celebration of
Campus Authors runs from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Strzelczyk
Great Hall in the UW-L Clearly Alumni & Friends Center. More than 40 books
written by UW-L alumni, faculty and staff will be highlighted.
David Berling, a 2001
UW-L graduate, will be joined by his wife, Missy, to talk about writing and
publishing their self-published book, “Just Living the Dream.” Both are Holmen High
School graduates. Berling was flying to work from Phoenix to Los Angeles in
2007 when his private plane hit a power line and crashed in a field. The
plane’s engine pushed into the cockpit, crushing the U.S. Air Force officer’s
legs. Rescuers found him hanging upside down strapped in his seat — which
ultimately saved his life by preventing bleeding through his legs. Berling lost
both legs and since has learned to live with a different perspective.
UW-L History Professor Jodi
Vandenberg-Daves will talk about writing and publishing her book, “Modern Motherhood, an American History,”
published this spring by Rutgers University Press. Her 344-page book
explores the multiple and complex societal roles mothers have endured
throughout history. Vandenberg-Daves shows how mothers have continued to innovate
new ways to combine labor force participation and domestic responsibilities.
She follows their challenge to male expertise in the 1960s on issues from
abortion rights to childbirth practices, to confinement of women to maternal
Other authors will be
in attendance and some books will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Find
out more about the event at: http://www.uwlax.edu/MurphyLibrary/About-the-library/Programs-and-publications/Campus-authors/
What: 2014 Celebration of Campus Authors
When: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21
Where: Strzelczyk Great Hall, UW-L Clearly Alumni & Friends Center
La Crosse, Wis. – Three debates during two nights will take
place at UW-La Crosse prior to November’s general election.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 94th Assembly
District incumbent Steve Doyle, D-Onalaska, will debate challenger Tracie
Happel at 7 p.m. UW-L Assistant Professor of Political Science Jeremy
Arney will moderate the debate. Following at 8 p.m. 96th Assemble
District incumbent Lee Nerison, R-Westby, will debate challenger Pete Flesch.
UW-L Assistant Professor of Political Science Tim Dale will moderate the second
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind,
D-La Crosse, will debate Republican opponent, Tony Kurtz, at 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Oct. 28. Kind is seeking his 10thterm, while Kurtz, a retired Army
officer and farmer from Prairie du Chien, is in his first run for public
office. UW-L Professor Emeritus of Political Science Joe Heim will moderate the
All debates will take
place in Port O’ Call Lounge in Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition.
Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.
The debates are sponsored
by the UW-L Department of Political Science and Public Administration and UW-L
Student Association, the League of Women Voters, TV station WKBT, the La Crosse
Tribune and Wisconsin Public Radio.
African American dance troupe Step Afrika will perform at UW-La Crosse. They
will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Valhalla in Cartwright
Center-Gunning Addition. Step Afrika, has
become one of the top 10 African American dance companies in the U.S. Its
mission is to promote an appreciation for stepping, a full-body dance form that
incorporates footsteps, hand claps and spoken word. In its 19 years, Step
Afrika has grown to become a troop that performs and presents workshops
Step Afrika’s performance is part of the Campus Activities Board Series.
Tickets in advance are $2 for students and $5 for others. Tickets the day of
the show are $4 for students and $10 for others. For more about the troupe,
visit stepafrika.org. For tickets or more
information about the show visit uwlax.edu/CAB or
If you go-
Who: Step Afrika
When: 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 14
Where: Valhalla, UW-L
Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition
students, $5 others in advance; $4 students, $10 others day of show.
Michael O’Brien and his Argentine tango quintet “Quinteto
Yzafa” are coming to UW-La Crosse as part of a new modern languages class. O'Brien will explore the tango's transnational history as a music and dance of immigrants that became an Argentine national symbol. The tango used the instruments and musical materials of Europe and movements from Africa in new, uniquely Argentine ways. O'Brien will also explain how lyrics and song matter, even in instrumental music. Assisted by tango dancers, he will explore the connections between music and movement in this art form.
O’Brien is an ethnomusicologist whose research and passion
includes playing the bandoneon and the tango. He will speak to students in the
new course, “It Takes Two to Tango: The Sounds, the Words and the Movements of
Students in UW-L Spanish classes have been taking tango
lessons since the semester began so they can dance at the event. In addition,
tango dancers from surrounding tango societies have been invited.
If you go—
What: Interactive Presentation
When: 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct 3
For more information:
The event is sponsored by the Institute for Latin American
Studies, College of Liberal Arts and the Modern Languages Department.
La Crosse, Wis. – UW-La Crosse Associate Professor and pianist Mary Tollefson has invited two accomplished musicians for a Chamber Music Recital on campus. Michelle Lee Elliott and Busya Lugovier will perform with Tollefson at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Annett Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts.
Elliott is a violinist who received an artist’s diploma from Yale School of Music, as well as a doctorate from the University of Colorado. While featured as a soloist with several professional orchestras, Elliott has become known as a professional chamber musician, including being an original member of the Vinca Quartet, hailed by the New York Times as “stunning” and “musicians worth keeping an eye on.” Elliot recently moved to La Crosse.
Lugovier, a professional violist born and educated in the former USSR who currently lives in La Crosse, will join the musicians for the performance. Lugovier has an extensive performing and teaching career and is instrumental in the Sister-City Project between Dubna, Russia, and La Crosse.
The music during the chamber program will include violin and viola duets and the music of Max Bruch, including his double-concerto that will feature Elliott and Lugovier on violin and viola respectively. Tollefson, in her 20th year at UW-L, has performed recitals almost continuously throughout her tenure, including performances of solo piano, chamber music, collaborative faculty and guest artist recitals.
The performance is free and open to the public.
If you go—
What: Chamber Music Recital
When: 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4
Where: Annett Recital Hall, UW-L Center for the Arts
A UW-La Crosse history student’s class project proposal will take people on a scavenger hunt-like game through downtown La Crosse.
Last spring, senior Julia Roden proposed setting up a research project to get college-age students to the historic downtown area and into the local archives at the La Crosse Public Main Library. It included a competitive, trivia game with some of the answers leading those playing through the archives and up to historical sites downtown.
“I had to make a mock event for the class,” explains Roden. “When the assignment was over, I decided I actually wanted to do a scavenger hunt.”
The Port Washington, Wisconsin, student turned the idea into a senior research project, working with Downtown Main Street and the La Crosse Public Library. The hunt will be held during Historical Downtown Day, Saturday Oct. 11.
Along with college-age students, Roden expects families to join the hunt. She will survey participants at the end of the hunt to get clues of ways to get young adults more interested in the library’s archives.
Roden came up with the idea during an “Introduction to Public and Policy History” class, which is part of the new public and policy history major and minor in the History Department.
While researching for the game, Roden discovered many interesting historical facts about downtown. “I was impressed with the numerous celebrities who visited the Stoddard Hotel,” she says.
Roden hopes to attract up to 100 participants. Along with encouraging UW-L students to participate, she will promote the event at Western Technical College and Viterbo University as well.
Downtown History Hunt
1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11
• Begins at Third and Main streets, La Crosse.
• Teams of two to six people can participate.
• Two hours to complete as many clues and questions as possible.
• Only walking allowed; teams caught on wheels will be disqualified.
• Top three teams getting the most correct answers earn cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50.
• Participants will receive a fee T-shirt to wear during the event.
• The hunt is free, but teams must register. Registration open through Sept. 27 at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/1st-annual-history-hunt-tickets-12694655055?aff=efbevent
La Crosse, Wis. – A professor at the William Mitchell
College of Law who advocates for victims of domestic abuse will give a keynote
address as part of an Indigenous Peoples’ Day event at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13,
at UW-L’s Cameron Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. Admission is free.
Sarah Deer will present “Decolonizing the Rape Law: A Native
Feminist Synthesis of Safety & Sovereignty.” A citizen of the Muscogee
(Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Deer plans to talk about how criminal jurisdiction
in Indian country is a complex area of federal Indian law. The Violence Against
Women Act of 2013 will change the scope of protection for American Indian
victims of domestic violence, closing significant gaps in the justice system
and expanding the authority of tribal courts to prosecute domestic violence
crimes committed against Native American women. This is an important step for
tribal governments, increasing their authority to protect their citizens and a
milestone toward resilience and healing for domestic violence victims.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day, celebrated the second Monday in
October, started as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day. The celebration
promotes Native American culture and commemorates the history of Native
The event is sponsored by the Native American Student
Association; Asian, Latina, Native, African American Women of Color; New
Horizons Shelter and Outreach, Inc.; the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; the
Office of Multicultural Student Services; and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality
Deer was recently recognized as one of the MacArthur
Fellowship Program Award recipients, also referred to as "The Genius
Award.” The 21 MacArthur fellows nationally receive a $625,000 grant to follow
their creative visions. Deer’s work is related to ensuring equal access to
justice for the victims of crime.
Who: Sarah Deer
“Decolonizing the Rape Law: A Native Feminist Synthesis of Safety &
Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall
When: 6 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 13
La Crosse, Wis. – The story of how people first entered the
Americas remains partly a mystery. Jessi Halligan, assistant professor of UW-L
Sociology/Archaeology, will present archaeological data that has challenged
original theories of the peopling of the Americas and will discuss why
scientists still do not know exactly what happened even after a century of
research. Her free, public lecture will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Port
O’ Call Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition, UW-L.
For most of the twentieth century, scientists were sure they
knew how and when the Americas were first colonized. They thought that the
first people entered the New World during the last Ice Age — around 14,000
years ago — using the Bering Land Bridge that connected Asia to Alaska. They
then followed mammoths and other big game into North America through an
"ice-free corridor" between the enormous glaciers that covered most
of Canada. Once they emerged south of the glaciers, they rapidly spread south
and east to cover the entire continent by 13,000 years ago.
Over the past decade, new research has provided challenges
to every portion of this narrative, indicating that the story of the peopling
of the Americas is both much more complex and much more interesting than
For more information call 608.785.6473 or e-mail
If you go —
Halligan, assistant professor of UW-L Sociology/Archaeology and Mississippi
Valley Archaeology Center research associate
the Peopling of the Americas’
Where: Port O’
Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition, UW-L
When: 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 14
La Crosse, Wis. – “Abhyasa: Recent Works by Kim Matthews” is
the next exhibit in the UW-La Crosse Art Gallery.
Minneapolis artist Kim Matthews’ work reflects a practice
rooted in a long-term daily meditation practice, which she says began “an effort
to translate experiences of expansiveness into visual form, mapping the
development of consciousness."
Matthews will hold a public lecture about her work and
process prior to the exhibit’s debut at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in 116 Center
for the Arts. An opening reception with the artist runs from 4–6 p.m. in the
University Art Gallery on the main floor of the Center for the Arts. The show
runs through Saturday, Nov. 8.
Matthews’ recent work incorporates a wide range of materials
including cast paper, felt, vinyl, canvas or wood to create wall reliefs and
free-standing sculpture. In defining her artistic process Matthews states, “In
addition to materiality, process as meditation is a key element, as the
repetitive creation of similar forms mimics mantra recitation, simultaneously
marking and erasing time."
For more information on the work of Matthews, visit:
Regular gallery hours are noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays,
noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, or when events are held in Toland Theatre or
by appointment. Exhibits are free and open to the public.
The exhibition is funded by UW-L College of Liberal Studies
and Student Association. For additional information, visit www.uwlax.edu/art or
contact the gallery at 608.785.8230.
Recent Works by Kim Matthews”
artist Kim Matthews
Oct. 17-Saturday, Nov. 8
Art Gallery, UW-L Center for the Arts, 16th and Vine streets
UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts, with license from the American
Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, is proud to announce a
play chronicling the historic trial challenging California’s Proposition 8.
8 (the play) by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and
AFER Founding Board Member, Dustin Lance Black, will show at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
October 17 & Saturday, October 18and Thursday, October 23 through Saturday,
October 25 and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 19 & 26.
8 is an unprecedented account of the
Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth
v. Perry), the case filed by AFER that successfully overturned Proposition
8 and restored the freedom to marry for same sex couples in California.
Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of
California’s Prop. 8 and first-hand interviews with the plaintiffs and their
families, 8 demonstrates both sides of the debate in
this moving 90-minute play, performed in a staged-reading style.
AFER and Broadway
Impact have teamed up to coordinate readings of 8 at
theaters, universities, and community centers across the country in order to
raise awareness and spur dialogue about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans.
Immediately following the performances on October 18, 19, 23 and 24,
the UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts will host talk back sessions
featuring the cast and director, members of the GLBT community, area clergy
and/or political representatives. These sessions are to spark an open
dialogue regarding the topics presented in the play and to encourage
understanding about both sides of the case for marriage equality.
Tickets go on sale at 1:00
p.m. Monday, October 13. Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Saturdays, and one hour before show
times. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior/non UWL students
and $5 for UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522.
Who: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department
of Theatre Arts
What: 8 (the play) by
Dustin Lance Black
Where: Toland Theatre, UW-La Crosse Center for
the Arts at 16th and Vine streets
When: October 17-18 & 23-25, 2014 at 7:30
p.m. and October 19 & 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Admission: $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and
non-UWL students, $5 UW-L students; call (608)
785-8522. Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday,
October 13. Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday,
10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Saturdays, and one hour before show times.
UW-La Crosse associate professor
James Longhurst is looking for volunteers to help make UW-L’s campus a
friendlier place for all commuters and modes of transportation.
With renewed local and national
interest in sustainable transportation and walkable cities, Longhurst says now
is the time to assess the mix of transportation on campus and develop a plan
for the future.
“We need to plan for a future that
improves the safe combination of biking, walking, driving and public transit,”
he says. "This generation seems to want alternative transportation as well
as cars, so we need education and engineering that provides for all to safely
use the road together."
With a grant from the UW-L
Foundation, Longhurst is launching the “UW-L ON THE GO” project, which will
conduct opinion surveys, focus groups, interviews and counts of bikers and
pedestrians. Data gathered will help shape a safe and sustainable
bicycle/pedestrian plan for campus and a first-time application for national
recognition as a “Bicycle Friendly University.”
Longhurst will kick off the project
with a bike count starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24. Volunteers are
invited to help count bikes and pedestrians at strategic points on campus.
Anyone is welcome to sign up to participate.
The City of La Crosse is already one of
13 Wisconsin communities with bicycle-friendly status. The city has also shown
a commitment to being bicycle-friendly with a renewed 2012 Bicycle and
Pedestrian Master plan, which calls for more steps to make biking and walking
safer for residents. La Crosse and Onalaska also recently both passed a new
“Complete Streets” ordinance.Want to help?
Sign up to count bikes and pedestrians at http://www.uwlax.edu/bikeped, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org;
pick up and return materials at the table near Hoeschler Tower beginning 8 a.m. Sept. 24.
Shifts last as little as one hour. Oct. 21 is an alternate day in case of rain Wednesday, Sept. 24
or if there are issues with the first count.
Great stone structures created about
5,000 years ago in northwest Kenya have intrigued archaeologists for decades.
Today the mystery behind these
“pillar sites” is being unraveled. Katherine Grillo, UW-L assistant professor
of sociology/archaeology, will give a free public lecture about what
researchers are uncovering in eastern Africa at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Port O’ Call, Cartwright
The first group of cattle herders in
eastern Africa moved into the Turkana Basin of northwestern Kenya and built
large megalithic "pillar sites" at several places surrounding Lake
Turkana about 5,000 years ago. New excavations reveal that many of these sites
were large communal cemeteries. Grillo will discuss what’s been found and
conclude with a discussion about the enduring legacy of the pillar-site
artists from Minnesota will show their work in the first exhibition of the
academic year at the UW-La Crosse Art Gallery.
“Lovesickness with Trees,” courtesy of
the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, will feature the works of Sophia
Heymans and Garrett Perry. The two will participate in an artist lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12,
in 116 Center for the Arts. The exhibit opens following the talk with a
reception from 4-6
p.m. in the University Art Gallery, on first floor of the Center
for the Arts. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Oct. 4.
Heymans lives and works in St.
Joseph, Minnesota. She holds a bachelor’s of fine arts in painting from the
Rhode Island School of Design. Perry, who lives in Minneapolis, holds a
bachelor’s of fine arts from the College of Visuals Arts in St. Paul. He
currently works out of his studio in Minnesota’s capital.
Regular gallery hours are noon-8 p.m.
Mondays-Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, or when events are
held in Toland Theatre or by appointment. Exhibits are free and open to the
The exhibition is funded by the UW-L Student
Association, the UW-L College of Liberal Studies and the Soo Visual Arts
Center. For additional information, visit www.uwlax.edu/art or contact the gallery at 608.785.8230.
The news came in a letter to UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow from
the U.S. Army Cadet Command, dated July 30.
“This is an incredibly good letter to receive — especially
after what we went through last year,” says Lt. Col. James Hill, ROTC
Eagle Battalion commander.
In October 2013, the U.S. Army notified UW-L that the
university’s ROTC program was being considered for closure because of a
reduction in Army resources. However, the Army rescinded its decision a month
later and put the battalion on probation while it created a set of metrics to
evaluate ROTC programs across the country.
Under the new metrics, UW-L’s program has successfully met
the Army’s criteria for 2013-14. UW-L’s ROTC program has a three-year average
of commissioning 15.3 ROTC officers into the U.S. Army a year. These program
graduates become members of the U.S. Army National Guard, the Army Reserve or active
duty officers. That exceeds the minimum commission average of 15 officers a
Also, the letter notes that 22.9 percent of UW-L’s ROTC
program graduates have degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
fields. This percentage far exceeds the ROTC national average of 16.1 percent
and helps the Army work toward its overall goal of having more officers in STEM
“We are delighted the Army has reconsidered its decision and we’re
proud of how quickly the Eagle Battalion has been able to satisfy the new
standards,” says UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow. “It’s particularly gratifying to see
how significantly UW-L is meeting, and even exceeding, the need for STEM Army
UW-L’s ROTC graduation rate in STEM field is the real
strength of the battalion, says Hill.
“That’s what will keep it here for a long time to come,” he
says. “This is very good news for our cadets and for the university.”
The UW-La Crosse 'Politics and Film' class
will host public screenings and discussion on four films at the La Crosse
Public Library during the month of September.
UW-L Assistant Professor Tim Dale teaches the class
“Politics in Film.” The collection of films will be shown, followed by a guided
short discussion, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24, at the Main,
The films reflect four different eras in political
filmmaking, as well as a variety of styles including drama and comedy. The
films are intended to generate discussion about their political meaning and
context, and help people understand the role of popular culture in larger
The screening is part of a theme-based film series at the
library called “Film Freaks. ” The screenings and discussions offer value added
content such as information about the film’s actors and director, other
recommended films, related library resources, basic film study analysis and a
discussion at each screening.
The four films in the Politics in
Film series include:
Dale, an assistant professor of Political Science and Public
Administration, teaches a class on Politics and Film. The class examines
the use of film as a form of political communication, and encourages
students to consider how films reflect and communicate things about the
UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts production presents a season filled
with a groundbreaking lawsuit, a Neil Simon comedy, a classic Shakespeare and a
Opening the 2014-2015 season is 8 by Dustin Lance Black Ripped. From the
headlines, 8 is a play that re-enacts events surrounding a
2010 lawsuit that overturned California's Proposition 8, a voter referendum
that threw out California’s 2008 law allowing same-sex marriage. Written by
Academy and Oscar Award winner Dustin Lance Black, 8 utilizes
the original transcripts from the 2010 Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, which
ultimately led to a California federal judge’s ruling that Prop. 8 was
unconstitutional and unfairly discriminated against homosexuals.
Next up is the Neil Simon classic, Rumors, which
begins at a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse; the
Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four
couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. Gathering for their
tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his
wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get “the story”
straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and
miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story
that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is the
high-flying, splashy new musical that was nominated for 4 Tony Awards including
Best Musical. Teenager Frank W. Abagnale Jr., runs away from home in
search of a glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big
imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses
as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer—living the high life and winning the girl of
his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl
Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country. Along the way, though, both
Frank and Carl forge an unlikely friendship and discover a way to ultimately work
The Tempest by William Shakespeare this
bewitching play is believed to be Shakespeare's final work. The story concerns
Miranda, a lovely young maiden, and Prospero, her philosophical old magician
father, who dwell on an enchanted island, alone except for their servants —
Ariel, an invisible sprite, and Caliban, a monstrous witch’s son. Into
their idyllic, but isolated, lives comes a shipwrecked party that includes the
enemies who usurped Prospero's dukedom years before, and set him and his daughter
adrift on the ocean. Also among the castaways is a handsome prince, the first
young man Miranda has ever seen. Comedy, romance, and reconciliation ensue, in
a masterly drama that begins with a storm at sea and concludes in joyous
The UW-L Theatre Department is also thrilled to present two
Frederick Theatre productions including Peter Brook’s The Man Who and
the children’s tale In One Basket. The Man Who offers a series of fascinating
doctor/patient scenarios that examine our attempts to understand the workings
of the brain. Peter Brook’s
hypnotizing new theatrical work is as vast and mysterious as the human
imagination and as commonplace as the image of a man trying to shave himself,
but failing. The Man Who is one of the most magically
effective explorations of the mind (also possibly the soul) ever to be
attempted on the stage. The Man Who is funny, inspiring,
desperate, and heroic. In One Basket by Shirley Pugh is a fascinating compilation of 12
relatively obscure folktales, told in the storytelling fashion. Audiences
will be captivated by the rare, but not forgotten tales of youthfulness,
adventure, and lessons to be learned played out by a cast of silly characters
including a selfish princess, an absent-minded young boy, a rich man, and a
spunky young girl. Tales include The Three Wishes, Tale of a
Mouse, Crown of Dew, and The Kangaroo and the Ostrich.
(Please note: The Man Who and In One Basket are
not part of the season subscription package.)
Please join the UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts for
another thrilling season! Early bird season tickets are on sale now through July
14, 2014 and include ticket vouchers for four season productions, postcard
reminders and early ticket reservation privileges. Early bird season
subscriptions are $60 for general public, $50 for senior citizens and non-UWL
students/high school students, and $14 for UW-L students and can be
purchased by calling the UW-L Department of Theatre Arts at 608-785-6701.
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