July 8, 2004

Contact: Charla Jenkins, University Theatre, (785) 864-2684.

KU Summer Theatre closes with 'She Stoops to Conquer' in July

LAWRENCE -- Kansas Summer Theatre at the University of Kansas will close in mid-July with the staging of Oliver Goldsmith's "She Stoops to Conquer." Presented by the KU Department of Theatre and Film and the University Theatre, the comedy will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 16 and 17 and 21 through 24, and at 5 p.m. July 18 and 25 in the William Inge Memorial Theatre in Murphy Hall.

The production is being directed by Sara K. Armstrong, a native of Cushing, Okla., who received her master's degree in May. Scenic and lighting designer is Mark Reaney, professor of theatre and film; costume designer is Delores Ringer, associate professor of theatre and film. Armstrong also designed the sound for the production.

"She Stoops to Conquer," a frisky mixture of low comedy and high farce written in 1771, follows the two strong-minded, independent young Hardcastle women as they defy the expectations of their family, society -- and even their lovers -- to find love on their own terms.

The play recounts the confusion that occurs when two young suitors lose their way and are mischievously misdirected to the Hardcastle home with the false impression it is an inn. The young men are astonished and indignant because the innkeeper treats them as equals and insists on directing the course of their stay.

Armstrong said she and the stage and costume designers were inspired by the lavish extravagance of the Rococo period and influenced by contemporary sensibilities about love and gender roles.

"This production exists outside of a strict time constraint, focusing instead on the timeless confusion of love," she added. "The costuming is contemporary, but features all the bad formal wear of the last 40 years."

General admission tickets are on sale at University Theatre, (785) 864-3982; the Lied Center, (785) 864-ARTS; SUA, (785) 864-7469; and online at kutheatre.com; public $12, senior citizens $11, KU and other college students $10, K-12 $6.

Members of the cast are listed below by hometown, year in school, parents' names, high school and role:

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Scott Johnson, senior, son of Larry and Peggy Johnson, Lawrence Free State High School; Tony Lumpkin.

FORD COUNTY
From Dodge City
Phillip Vocasek, May 2004 graduate, son of Fred Vocasek and Leona Vocasek; Dodge City Senior High School; Mr. Hardcastle.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood
Averyn Mackey, May 2004 graduate, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mackey; Shawnee Mission East High School; Constance Neville.

From Overland Park
Katherine McRobbie, senior, daughter of Elaine McRobbie; Shawnee Mission East High School; ensemble.
Samara Naeymi, senior, daughter of Brad and Dorothy Naeymi; Blue Valley Northwest High School; Mrs. Hardcastle.

From Shawnee
Laura Leffler-McCabe, graduate student, daughter of Marshall and Linda Leffler; DeSoto High School; Kate Hardcastle.

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY
From Wamego
Brandon DeLany, junior, son of Diane DeLany; Wabaunsee High School; Marlow.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Andrew York, senior, son of Ben and Deborah York; Wichita High School East; Hastings.

SHERMAN COUNTY
From Goodland
Josh Vignery, May 2004 graduate, son of Ron and Judy Vignery; Goodland High School; ensemble.

COLORADO
From Colorado Springs
Julie Maykowski, doctoral student, daughter of Leonard and Vicki Maykowski; Liberty High School; ensemble.

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