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   from the issue of November 15, 2007

University Theatre presents 'Six Degrees of Separation'

University Theatre continues the 2007-2008 season with John Guare's drama "Six Degrees of Separation."



The production, directed by graduate student Brian LaDuca, offers performances at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, 17 and 28, 29, 30 and Dec. 1 in the Howell Theatre, first floor of the Temple Building.

Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that, if a person is one "step" away from each person he or she knows and two "steps" away from each person who is known by one of the people he or she knows, then everyone is no more than six "steps" away from each person on Earth.

The play follows the connections made by a young con man, Paul, (Mike Goode) who insinuates himself into New York society, particularly the lives of the wealthy couple Ouisa and Flan Kittredge (Kara Davidson and William Heafer). Claiming to know their son from college, that he is the son of actor Sidney Poitier, and that he has just been mugged, they invite Paul to stay overnight. Fascinated by his intelligence, the Kittredges are rudely awakened by the Paul they find in their home in the morning.

The production includes adult language and themes and brief male nudity.

LaDuca is a third year Master's of Fine Arts candidate in directing for stage and screen. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana (BFA, 2000).

LaDuca founded his own not-for-profit theatre company, C'est La Vie Drama, in Chicago in 2000.

Since 2005, LaDuca has been the artistic director of Theatrix. In summer 2006, he was the director of audience development for the Nebraska Repertory Theatre and the producer of their Destinations Series where he also directed "Pretty Fire." Recently, LaDuca served as the artistic intern for the Bailiwick Repertory in Chicago.

"Six Degrees of Separation" is designed by adjunct faculty member Ahna Packard (set), graduate students Emily Parker (costumes) and Shawn Deiger (lighting), and undergraduates Justin Gamerl (sound) and Alex Jeffery (multimedia).

Tickets are $16/$14 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $10 for students with a valid NCard. Tickets are available from the Lied Center box office Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the Studio Theatre Lobby one hour prior to the performance in the Studio Theatre Lobby, or by calling 472-4747 or 800-432-3231.



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