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The University of Wyoming 2010 Snowy Range Summer Theatre and Dance Festival continues with "Three Days of Rain," Richard Greenberg's deft exploration of how the private words of one generation are reinterpreted by the next.
Directed by John O'Hagan, "Three Days of Rain" runs June 22 through 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Studio Theatre. Tickets cost $10 for the public, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for students. For tickets call (307) 766-6666 or go online at www.uwyo.edu/finearts.
Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, "Three Days of Rain" is part family drama, part romance and part mystery.
"Greenberg really weaves together threads of humor, suspense and romance to explore how our perceptions of others are sometimes dead on, but more often than not, so incredibly far off base it's ridiculous," says O'Hagan. "Particularly when it comes to those we think we know so well. I think folks will come away with a new appreciation for the intricacies of their own pasts."
The story centers on Walker Janeway, who returns to New York City a year after he disappeared on the day of his father's funeral. Walker takes up temporary residence in the unused space where 35 years earlier, his father, Ned, and Ned's late business partner, Theo-both architects-lived and designed the great house that would make them famous.
Joined by his sister Nan and childhood friend Pip, Theo's son, for the reading of the will, Walker searches for clues about his complicated family history. He discovers Ned's diary, which contains the cryptic inscription "three days of rain," words that eventually take the trio back a generation. An evening of harrowing and sometimes comically inadvertent revelations leads Walker to a surprising solution to the family puzzle.
The play features guest actor John Goodson as Walker. Goodson is a stage manager and teaching artist who has trained at Fullerton College (Calif.) and Southern Oregon University, and was awarded an internship and subsequent full company season with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Goodson recently completed a year on staff as a teaching artist with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Office of Education, and is now based in Indianapolis, Ind.
"I am tremendously excited about this cast," says O'Hagan. "Every once in awhile the fates come together for a director and place the absolutely right people in your lap for a project. This is one of those times. When I first thought of doing this play, these are the three people I wanted and I was lucky enough to get all of them."
Also featured are UW Theatre alumni Stephanie (Hanson) Long and Jason Pasqua. Long appeared in "Dead White Males" (UW) and "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" (Vancouver, Canada), and produced and directed "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues," as part of fundraising campaign for the Association of Japan Exchange and Teaching benefitting the Southeast Asian educational charity, Room to Read.
Pasqua is a 1999 graduate of UW and earned an MFA at the University of Idaho. He now heads the theatre program at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, where he also serves as director of Cultural Affairs.