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Students bring two of Durang's comedies to the stage

February  07, 2012

Jeff Coussens

Augustana theater arts enthusiasts have produced and will perform two of Christopher Durang’s comedies, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor’s Nightmare, on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre, located inside Bergendoff Hall (3701 7th Ave.).

The free and public performances are entirely student-run and showcase Augustana students’ knowledge and skills of play production.

Among the students involved, Matthew Kerr, a senior from Prospect Heights, Ill., will direct the cynical yet comedic Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. The play tells the story of how Sister Mary Ignatius’s teachings of Catholicism left her students in a state of psychosocial trauma. Sister Mary’s unwavering dogma and absurdist nature is brought to life by Gina Balestri, a junior from LaSalle, Ill.

The Actor’s Nightmare, directed by Calvin Vo, a junior from Moline, is a humorous work that introduces the audience to the unsettling dreams that actors often have prior to their onstage performances. Roosevelt Watkins, a senior from Waukegan, Ill., plays George, an accountant who unknowingly finds himself caught in an onstage performance where he is forced to improvise with several famous actors.

“Both plays are wonderful examples of Christopher Durang’s absurd and satirical humor that campus and community audiences are sure to enjoy,” said Jeff Coussens, professor of theater arts and faculty advisor of the annual festival.

Keri Rursch
Director of Public Relations
(309) 794-7721
kerirursch@augustana.edu