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UW’s Snowy Range Summer Theatre Opens with One-Act Comedies

June 18, 2021
Two female UW students rehearse a scence from a play.
UW students Brianna Perry, left, of Laramie, and Katarina Tyler, from Riverton, rehearse a scene from “Variations on the Death of Trotsky.” The one-act play is part of David Ives’ evening of one-act plays, titled “All in the Timing.” The UW Snowy Range Summer Theatre season opener runs June 24-26 and June 30-July 2 at 7:30 p.m., and July 3 at 2 p.m. (Donald P. Turner Photo)

The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance’s 2021 Snowy Range Summer Theatre season opens with its first public, in-person, socially distanced, live theater production since spring 2020.

David Ives’ evening of one-act plays, titled “All in the Timing,” runs June 24-26 and June 30-July 2 at 7:30 p.m., and July 3 at 2 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Thrust Theatre.

Tickets cost $14 for the public; $10 for senior citizens; and $7 for students and children over age 5. For tickets and information, call (307) 766-6666, visit the Performing Arts box office or the Wyoming Union information desk, or go online at www.uwyo.edu/finearts.

Directed by UW alumna Anne Mason, founder and artistic director of Relative Theatrics, the award-winning show combines wit, intellect, satire and romance. The production features six diverse, but equally funny one-act comedies, ranging from first date replays to monkeys with typewriters composing Shakespeare to an alternative universe in which it is always Opposite Day.

The production features a cast of five actors, all UW students, playing multiple roles -- DeeLynn Miller, from Evanston; Mary Dyson, of Parker, Colo.; Brianna Perry, from Laramie; Aubree Tafoya, of Denver, Colo.; and Katarina Tyler, from Riverton.

The one-act plays are:

-- “Sure Thing” features two people who meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes and faux pas on the way to falling in love.

-- “Word, Words, Words” recalls the philosophical adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce “Hamlet” and asks: What would monkeys talk about at their typewriters?

-- “The Universal Language” brings together a young woman with a stutter and Don, the creator and teacher of Unamunda, a wild comic language. Their lesson sends them off into a display of hysterical verbal pyrotechnics and true love.

-- “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” is a parodic musical vignette in trademark Glassian style, with the celebrated composer having a moment of existential crisis in a bakery.

-- “The Philadelphia” presents a young man in a restaurant who has fallen into a “Philadelphia,” -- a Twilight Zone-like state in which he cannot get anything he asks for.

-- “Variations on the Death of Trotsky” shows the Russian revolutionary on the day of his demise, desperately trying to cope with the mountain-climber’s axe he’s discovered in his head.

“All in the Timing” is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc. of New York City.

For more information, email Kathy Kirkaldie, UW Fine Arts coordinator, at kirisk@uwyo.edu.

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