UMW Department of Theatre & Dance Opened Season with “Talking With”

The University of Mary Washington Department of Theatre & Dance kicked off its 2012-13 season with a production of Jane Martin’s “Talking With” from Sept. 20 to 30.

Senior Karen Devigili performs in “Talking With.” (Courtesy of Geoff Greene)

“Talking With” is comprised of 11 monologues performed by women. Each woman invites you into her world as she confesses a secret that she keeps from the rest of society. These monologues deal with a range of themes from marital problems to religious experiences, and everything in between. As the women speak they teach important lessons about love, loss and the search for happiness.

“Talking With” premiered at the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Ky., as part of the 1982 Humana Festival of New American Plays. Jane Martin is a pen name of a Kentucky playwright suspected to be the former Actors’ Theatre of Louisville artistic director, Jon Jory. Martin won the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award for “Keely and Du” in 1994 and “Jack and Jill” in 1997. “Keely and Du” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1994.

Senior Alicia Kallen (Courtesy of Geoff Greene)

“Talking With” is directed by Helen Housley, associate professor of theatre. Scenic and lighting design is by Associate Professor Julie Hodge and costume design is by Associate Professor Kevin McCluskey. For more information, call the Klein Theatre Box Office at (540) 654-1111.

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News release prepared by: Jamie Wilson                    

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