UNL Theatre opens season with 'Fuddy Meers'

(Left) Community guest artist Cecilia Burkhart as Gertie and (right) Abbie Austin as Claire in "Fuddy Meers." Photo by Doug Smith.
(Left) Community guest artist Cecilia Burkhart as Gertie and (right) Abbie Austin as Claire in "Fuddy Meers." Photo by Doug Smith.

UNL Theatre opens season with 'Fuddy Meers'

calendar icon10 Oct 2016    

Lincoln, Neb.--UNL Theatre, the main stage production program at The Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, opens its 2016-2017 season with David Lindsay-Abaire’s dark comedy FUDDY MEERS.

Performances are Oct. 6-8 and 11-15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Temple Building’s Studio Theatre, first floor.

Tickets are available from the Lied Center Ticket Office, 301 North 12th Street, (402) 472-4747 or (800) 432-3231 Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and one hour prior to performances in the Temple Theatre Lobby. The Temple Building is located at 12th and R Streets.

Tickets are also available at unltheatretickets.com. More information is available at carsonschool.unl.edu.Ticket prices are $18; $16 faculty/staff, senior citizens, active military; and $12 students with ID and members of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

The Studio Theatre has limited seating so prior ticket reservations are recommended. All seating is general admission. There will be no late seating. The performance is continuous without intermission.

FUDDY MEERS contains mature language and content and may not be suitable for all audience members.
FUDDY MEERS is directed by Dustin Mosko in partial fulfillment of his Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing for Stage and Screen. Mosko describes his production as “a private viewing into the life of Claire, a sunny woman with a freakish form of amnesia that completely erases her memory whenever she sleeps…together we’ll watch the sleeping beauty awaken. Will today be the day she remembers yesterday? Will tomorrow be the day she remembers today?”

The cast is comprised of seven actors lead by Abbie Austin as Claire, and Hunter Mruz as Richard, a chatty, friendly, somewhat nervous man. Michael Barth plays their son Kenny, a troubled 17-year old. Trey Martinez is the Limping Man, a lisping, limping, half-blind, half-deaf man with secrets; Nick Prior plays Millet an odd man with a foul-mouthed puppet; and Aguel Lual is Heidi a tough woman in uniform. Community actor and UNL Theatre alumnae Cecilia Burkhart plays Gertie, a clear-headed lady who’s had a stroke and has difficulties speaking clearly.
Scenery is designed by Lisa Haldeman, costumes by Rebecca Armstrong and lighting by Sheric Hull, all graduate students in the Design/Technology program. Hull designs lights for this production in partial fulfillment of his Master of Fine Arts degree in Stage Design.

Sound is designed by Araceli Ramirez (design/technology emphasis), original music composed by chack (Mathematics, Physics and Music Technology majors) and film projections designed by Zach Trout (film and new media emphasis), all undergraduates. The production is stage managed by undergraduate Riley Redburn (directing/management emphasis).
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