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   from the issue of April 6, 2006

'Fires in the Mirror' opens April 13

A UNL Theatre troupe will present the play, "Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities," beginning April 13 in the Studio Theatre, third floor of the Temple Building.

CAMPUS SHOW - Greg Parmeter as Rabbi Joseph Spielman, Michael Goode as Reverend Doctor Heron Sam, and Jesse Glasgow as Anonymous...
 CAMPUS SHOW - Greg Parmeter as Rabbi Joseph Spielman, Michael Goode as Reverend Doctor Heron Sam, and Jesse Glasgow as Anonymous Young Man No. 1 in the UNL Theatre production of "Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities." Doug Smith/Courtesy Photo.

In the production, playwright Anna Deavere Smith assembles a collection of reactions and responses to the accidental death of a young African-American boy who was hit by a car in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. The car belongs to a member of the Lubavitcher, the conservative Jewish sect.

Characters include witnesses to the accident, rabbis, black professors, Lubavitcher housewives, Rev. Al Sharpton and Angela Davis.

The boiling point occurs when a private Jewish ambulance is first to arrive on the scene but refuses treatment to the young boy. Relationships between the Jewish and African-American communities, which were always strained, erupt into riots and random killings.

The ensemble of actors who portray various characters are undergraduates Zachary Allen, Carrie Brown, Jesse Glasgow, Mike Goode, Steve Lenz, Seth Peterson, Cecilia Stinner, Mikael Walter, and graduate students Rachel Charlop-Powers, Acquah Dansoh, Greg Parmeter, and Ja'nelle Taylor.

Associate professor Stan Brown directs the production. Costume designer is Jaime Borchert, lighting designer is Matt Miller, scenic designer is Brandon Nelson, all undergraduates. Sound is designed by Jeff O'Brien and special effects are designed by Erik Vose, both graduate students. Jenny Schenck, an undergraduate, is stage manager.

"Fires in the Mirror" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 13-15, and April 19-22.

A panel discussion will follow the April 20 performance (at approximately 9 p.m.) in the Studio Theatre. The panel discussion is free and open to the public.

Ticket prices are: $16 regular, $14 faculty/staff and senior citizen, and $10 for students and youth 18 and under.

For information, call 472-4747.



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