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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson's unpredictable and engaging murder mystery, "Book of Days," is the next production from The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Theatre Arts. Performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 13, 14, 19. 20 and 21 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Mainstage Theatre, Room 174, at the Fine Arts Building, 502 S. Cooper St.

Reservations are recommended and ticket prices are $10 for the general public and $7 for senior citizens, students with ID and UT Arlington faculty and staff. Call the Department of Theatre Arts Box Office at 817-272-2669 for reservations, group rates, driving directions, parking information or other questions.

The play is set in a small town dominated by a cheese plant, a fundamentalist church and a community theater. When the owner of the cheese plant dies, his bookkeeper suspects murder. The bookkeeper, cast as Joan of Arc in a local production of George Bernard Shaw's "St. Joan," takes on the attributes of her fictional character and launches into a one-woman campaign to see justice done. The playwright has created characters who display both comic turns and enormous depth. Dennis Maher, associate professor and dramaturge, will direct.

Student performers are: Katie Butler as Ruth Hoch, Jackie Pickard as Len Hoch, Nick Gould as Boyd Middleton, Mallory Nuñez as Ginger Reed, Tracy Davis as Martha Hoch and Eugene Chandler as Walt Bates. Others are Julie Shelton as Sharon Bates, Robbie Clark as James Bates, Angela Horn as Louann Bates, Hakeem Smith as Earl Hill, Alan Pollard as Rev. Bobby Groves and Franklin Murrah as Sheriff Conroy Atkins.

The understudy ensemble includes Nikki Singer, Heather Trietley, Rachael Ybarra, Haywood Buras, Clare Boyd, Lauren Leonardo, Logan Whatley and Adrian Stecker.

Theatre Arts Specialist Michelle Harvey is scenic designer, theatre arts major Chris Mount is lighting designer and Theatre Arts Specialist Jared Land is sound designer. Adjunct Laurie Land is costume designer and Associate Professor Joe Kongevick is make-up designer. Assistant Professor David Navalinsky is technical director and production manager. Theatre arts major Nick Irion is assistant director.

Contact ngaupp@uta.edu or 817-272-5722 for more information about the production.

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