Theatre Art's Spring Show
April 1, 2009 -
The University of Redlands Theatre Arts Department presents Mike Ervin's irreverent romantic comedy "The History of Bowling" from April 2-5 in the Glenn Wallichs Theatre. Ervin's play, which has been produced in regional theatres across America, follows two mismatched lovers who take on an alternative physical education assignment in order to graduate.
The quick-paced comedy challenges the dehumanization of people with disabilities and argues for social and personal acceptance. "You don't have to be a part of the disability community to find this play entertaining and worth while," says the production's community liaison and disability advocate, Cody Unser, a senior in the university's Johnston Center. "'The History of Bowling' brings to the stage challenges we all face. . . life lessons in hilarious moments. I am so excited to be a part of something so real and eye opening."
This production marks the first time that the Department of Theatre Arts will be offering two performances interpreted in American Sign Language for deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members (Thursday, April 2 , at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 5, at 2 p.m.). The interpreted performances are made possible through the support of the University of Redlands Office of Students with Disabilities. Additional support is provided by the California Arts Council and the National Arts and Disability Center.
The production is being directed by Theatre Arts Professor Victoria Lewis with scene design by Amy Maier, lighting design by Daniel Bachman and Elizabeth McGavock, costume design by Deborah Bradford, and sound design by Anthony Tusler. The cast for the production includes university students Eric Chu, Jeffrey Groff, Yvette Magallon and Dan Stong. Brandon Lambert serves as assistant director and Jolynoluke Durian as assistant sound designer for the production.
Playwright Mike Ervin has published over 1,000 articles and essays-- mostly on disability topics and jazz--in more than 40 newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The Progressive and Downbeat. A long-time member of direct action disability rights group ADAPT, Ervin has been arrested more than a dozen times protesting for accessibility.
The play will be shown at Glenn Wallichs Theatre at the University of Redlands from April 2-4 at 8 p.m. and April 5 at 2 p.m. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended; please call 748-8028 for more information. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $6 for students, seniors and university staff.
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