Askar Ziganshin (David and Andrea Cornett (Beth)

UW-Green Bay Alternative Theatre Presents ‘Orange Flower Water’

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Alternate Theatre student organization and student director Cody VonRuden present the emotionally charged drama by Craig Wright, Orange Flower Water. Performances are free and open to the public.

Orange Flower Water will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, February 4-5, 2016 in University Theatre, Theatre Hall, 2420 Nicolet Drive, on campus.

The Craig Wright’s drama explores the intertwined love lives of married couples, David and Cathy Calhoun and Brad and Beth Youngquist. After years of attraction and stolen moments, David and Beth’s love affair rises to the surface and the devastating effects ripple through both marriages. A series of scenes depict the real-time unraveling of two marriages while another love story comes into bloom.

In his directorial debut, Cody VonRuden (senior, Cashton, Wis.) says he is excited to bring Orange Flower Water to the University Theatre.

“It has been one of the most challenging experiences I’ve ever had, but it is also the most rewarding,” VonRuden says.

The emotional play has presented a multitude of challenges for the student actors, director and designers.

“The play depicts a very realistic love story with the harsh realities that we don’t always see in the movies. It shows us the devastating effects of what love can do, but it also shows us that real love can exist. We just have to be prepared to deal with the consequences.”

Orange Flower Water is entirely student produced. The production team includes Von Ruden, designers Abigail Stuckey, Jena Tolksdorf and Zeb Burks, and stage manager Matt Beecher. Casted in the play are Emily Van Rossum, Askar Ziganshin, Andrea Cornett and Joey Prestley.

Orange Flower Water contains strong language and mature themes. It is not recommended for anyone ages 16 and under. Seating is on a first-come basis.

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