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"Red Hot" Play to Open UW Summer Theatre Season

June 6, 2007 -- Neil Simon's endearing tale of a midlife crisis gone terribly awry launches the University of Wyoming 2007 Snowy Range Summer Theatre and Dance Festival, June 12-16.

"The Last of the Red Hot Lovers," shows nightly at 7:30 in the Fine Arts Center studio theatre. Tickets cost $5 for students, $8 for seniors (60 and older) and $10 for others. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Center box office, by calling (307) 766-6666, or by visiting

Jay Edelnant, professor of theatre at the University of Northern Iowa, directs the opening play that features middle-aged restaurateur Barney Cashman, who yearns for one big romantic fling to spice up his predictable life. Cashman is a gentle soul who has been married to his high school sweetheart for 23 years and is inexperienced with adultery.

Cashman makes hilarious attempts to become "a spoiler of women" after discovering his mother's apartment will be empty one day a week. As he haplessly attempts to seduce wildly unsuitable women, he finds his mother's empty apartment is not the love nest he had once imagined.

This production of "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers" features Devin Sanchez, a UW Department of Theatre and Dance alumna who is a working actress in New York City.

Since graduating in 2004, Sanchez has performed in both Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. She also has appeared in TV's “Law and Order SVU” and Walt Disney's “Enchanted,” and starred in the TV pilot of “Temps.” Sanchez recently was accepted into the prestigious Atlantic Theater founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy.

Edelnant, a Roy Carver Fellow and Sasakawa Fellow, served as the national chair of the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and on the governing board for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2007

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