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Guernica comes to WIU Sept. 25-29

September 21, 2012


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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University's Department of Theatre and Dance will present Cody Daigle's "Guernica" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Sept. 25-29 in the Horrabin Theatre.

Directed by Theatre Professor Ray Gabica, the play centers on Pablo Picasso's depiction of the real-life annihilation of the Spanish town of Guernica by the German Luftwaffe in 1937. It follows young artist Eric who meets a mysterious man claiming to be Picasso and sees the famous painting as a recreation of the bombing.

"The script follow the heart of art, how we do it, why we do it and why it's important to everyone as ‘witness to the events of mankind,'" said Gabica. "Following Picasso's struggle to present the horrific event of the bombing of Guernica is fascinating."

Tickets ($15 public and $13 seniors and youth, WIU students free with valid ID) are available through the WIU Hainline box office, (309) 298-2900, and online at wiu.edu/theatre/boxoffice.php.


For more information, contact the WIU Department of Theatre and Dance, (309) 298-1543.

Professor Tim Kupka was in charge of scenic and light design. Community members include: Kellan Smith, playing boy, Carli Wilson, production stage manager and Chester Shepard as the professor.

Students performing in "Guernica" are (listed by county, state then country):

ILLINOIS
BROWN COUNTY
VERSAILLES (62378)- Tyler Herald, theatre major, sophomore, playing Woman with Broken Knee

COOK COUNTY
BARTLETT (60103)- Megan Clark, music theatre major, sophomore, playing Guide
CALUMET CITY (60409)- Robert Hill, music theatre major, freshman, playing Bull
CHICAGO (60619)- Markwan Wiley, theatre major, sophomore, playing Horse
HOFFMAN ESTATES (60169)- Zack Subka, theatre major, sophomore, assistant stage manager

DEKALB COUNTY
KINGSTON (60145)- James "Jimmy" Capek, musical theatre major, freshman, playing Man with Broken Sword

GREENE COUNTY
WHITE HALL (62092)- Bethany Dukett, theatre major, senior, rehearsal stage manager

KANE COUNTY
GENEVA (60134)- Jillian Nigh, musical theatre major, junior, playing Angel

MADISON COUNTY
GLEN CARBON (62034)- Logan Hickey, forensic chemistry major, freshman, playing Man with Broken Sword
MORO (62067)-Mark Ryan Anderson, musical theatre major, senior, playing Young Man/Student; Kara Dewall, musical theatre major, senior, playing Running Woman

MCDONOUGH COUNTY
LAHARPE (61450)- Ashley Olin, musical theatre major, junior, playing Pieta Mother
MACOMB (61455)- Nathan Bush, graduate theatre major, playing Old Man

MCHENRY
LAKEMOOR (60051)- Kelsey Peters, musical theatre major, senior, playing Pieta Mother

MCLEAN COUNTY
NORMAL (61761)- Jason Coppenbarger, musical theatre major, sophomore, playing Bull

PEORIA COUNTY
BRIMFIELD (61517)- Sagan Drake, musical theatre major, senior, playing Mother/Pieta Mother

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY
ROCK ISLAND (61201)- Alexis "Lexi" Holtzer, musical theatre major, junior, playing Angel

INDIANA
MUNSTER- Emily Terrell, graduate theatre major, playing Angel

IOWA
BETTENDORF- James Bleecker, musical theatre major, sophomore, playing Eric
CLINTON- Isaac Jankowski, musical theatre major, senior, playing Bull
DES MOINES- Emily Rhein, musical theatre major, junior, playing Running Woman
FARMINGTON- Nathan Simonson, musical theatre major, freshman, playing Bull
FORT MADISON- Ryan Hoppman, musical theatre major, sophomore, playing Woman with Broken Knee
URBANDALE- Sam Tucker, musical theatre major, sophomore, playing Pieta Mother

UTAM
OREM- Amos Omer, graduate theatre major, playing Man

WISCONSIN
OCONOMOWOC- Theodore "Teddy" Mueller, musical theatre major, junior, playing Horse

CANADA
ONTARIO
MAPLE- Ilana Solomon, graduate theatre major, costume design.

Posted By: Sarah Tomkinson (SJ-Tomkinson@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations