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‘Crooked’ Performed at UW Jan. 17-19

January 14, 2014
Woman performing in play
Bri Cordova is among University of Wyoming students featured in “Crooked” Jan. 17-19 in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Studio Theatre. (UW Photo)

Catherine Trieschmann’s “Crooked,” a bittersweet coming-of-age story about the troubles and torments of an adolescent, can be seen at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18, and also at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. The play will take place at the University of Wyoming’s Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Studio Theatre.

Tickets for general admission cost $7. For tickets, visit the Wyoming Union or Performing Arts box offices, call (307) 766-6666 or go online at

The performance is directed by Chloe King and produced by Ken Wilson. Students Bri Cordova, Carlee Wilson and Lauren Newell will take center stage for the production.

“Crooked” follows misfit 14-year old Laney, who arrives in Oxford, Miss., from Wisconsin with a twisted back, a mother in crisis and a burning desire to be a writer. Groping for an identity and a way to cope with losing her father and embarking on a new life, Laney befriends Maribel Purdy, a fervent believer in the power of Jesus Christ to save her from the humiliations of high school.  Laney embarks on a hilarious spiritual and sexual journey that challenges her mother's secular worldview and threatens to tear their fragile relationship apart.

"This is a wonderfully neat play, at once simple and complex, grappling with big issues -- matters of faith, fantasy and the flesh -- while keeping its sneakers firmly planted on the suburban topsoil of adolescent angst and domestic frictions,” according to a Daily Telegraph review.

"The work of a big accomplished writer's voice...a gem of a discovery,” says The New York Times.

For more information, contact Kathy Kirkaldie, UW Fine Arts coordinator, at (307) 766-2160 or email


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