September 10, 2008

Double bill opens Kleinau Theatre’s season

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A double bill is on tap at Kleinau Theatre at Southern Illinois University Carbondale to launch the 2008-2009 performance season.

The double-bill performances begin at 8 p.m. and run Sept. 18-20. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $5 for student admission.

Michael Garvin, a graduate student from Murray, Ky., presents his self-directed “What’s the Matter with Mike Garvin?” performance. Using formats borrowed from talk shows and late night comedy, Garvin explores Garvin, and along the way perhaps asks the audience to do a little self-examination as well.

The other performance is “Breath Meter: The Poetics of Us,” written and performed by graduate students David Hanley-Tejeda (Carbondale), Benjamin Haas (Cordova) and David Sharp (Sidney, Neb.). The performance promises poetry, and the “poetry of every day” and the “poetry in the body… the pulse.”

Performances at Kleinau sometimes resemble plays, but generally are not theater as it is traditionally represented. The performance aspect of the speech communication program often challenges the borders of the stage. Performances may involve the audience, or they may use a different performance space than the stage by itself. Audiences may expect original work for these two performances, in any case.

Kleinau Theatre is on the second floor of the Communications Building on the SIUC campus. Tickets are available at the ticket box office before the performance. To make reservations or for more information, call 618/453-5618 or email