September 23, 2004

McLeod Theater opens season with 'On the Verge'

by Paula M. Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. - -Southern Illinois University Carbondale's McLeod Theater opens its fall season with an upcoming five-day run of the delightful comedy "On the Verge."

Associate Professor of Theater Lori Merril-Fink will direct.Performances of author Eric Overmyer's whimsical play are set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, with its finale at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. The theater is in the southeast wing of the Communications Building.

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For interviews, photo sessions or more information, reporters and photographers should contact SIUC's Lori Merril-Fink at 618/453-7591.

The story follows three female explorers who at the turn of the century find their way across the fictional landscape of Terra Incognita. Along the way they meet all sorts of interesting characters and with the help of the natives, learn about everything from rock ' n' roll to lounge lizards, dirigibles and themselves.

The New York Times called the piece " . . . a frolicsome jaunt through a continuum of space, time, history, geography, feminism and fashion."

For tickets call the McLeod box office at 618/453-3001. Providing cultural experiences to the greater community is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.

CAPTION: Time travelers - - Cast members of McLeod Theater's upcoming production "On the Verge" find themselves hurtled through time and space, where they encounter such never-before-seen items as egg beaters, which they mistake for defensive weapons. The play will be staged Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Communications Building.

Pictured, from left, are students Michelle D. Rewoldt as Fanny, Shavon M. Wagner as Mary and Andrea L.White, who plays Alex.

SIUC's Lori Merrill-Fink, associate professor of theater, is directing the play.)