UWSP at Marshfield and Stevens Point to host stage reading
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD – A widow communicates with dead musicians in a stage reading of the comic drama “The Spiritualist,” performed by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Department of Theatre and Dance Sept. 26-29.
The first performance will be held Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m., at UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield’s Black Box Theatre, located in the Helen Connor Laird Fine Arts Building, 2000 W. 5th St., Marshfield. Additional performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27-28, and Sept. 29 at 2 p.m., at UW-Stevens Point’s Noel Fine Arts Center, Room 221, 1800 Portage St., Stevens Point.
“The Spiritualist” has 11 cast members who sit or stand while they read the play with all the emotions, energy, and interactions of the characters but without the sets, costumes, and props of a full production. Director Jared Hanlin, an associate professor of theatre and dance, was an actor in the play’s initial stage reading as it was being developed by playwright Robert Ford.
The play focuses on Rosemary Dunn, who communes with the spirits of famous composers as they ask her help in completing their unfinished symphonies. As she speaks with Franz Liszt, Ludwig van Beethoven, Clara Schumann, and even Buddy Holly, the play speaks to fame and immortality, Hanlin said.
“The show has a lot of heart, and it is sweet and funny,” he said. “The spirits want to share their work as well as the message of what comes in the afterlife.”
Tickets are available at the UW-Stevens Point Information and Tickets Office in the Dreyfus University Center concourse, by calling 715-346-4100, or at http://tickets.uwsp.edu.