UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance to present ‘Uncommon Women and Others’
UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance will present playwright Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women and Others to open the 2014-15 theatre season.
Uncommon Women is the tale of five graduates of the Mount Holyoke College class of 1972 who reunite for lunch in 1978. An extraordinary group of distinct individuals, these friends and former classmates meet to catch up and reminisce. Their memories of college, simultaneously touching, outrageous and idealistic, are seen in flashback scenes as they compare their dreams and expectations with where their choices have actually led them.
The play is recommended for mature audiences only.
UW-Green Bay Prof. Laura Riddle is directing the show, which has an all-female cast. When Uncommon Women was written, it was considered very cutting-edge, a play about women’s experiences at the beginning of the feminist movement, Riddle said.
“So that’s something that I’ve been trying to help get the cast up to speed on — a little bit more of a sense of what the ‘70s were like,” Riddle said. “I am looking at this as a really wonderful experience to learn something from them, to learn what they think and how they perceive things now, because it’s really important to me that this is a play that’s relevant to contemporary women.”
Uncommon Women and Others cast members above, left to right: Mariah Himmelwright as Kate, Hannah Blecha as Holly, Azure Hall as Samantha, and Kate Akerboom as Muffet.
– Photos by Michael Ingraham
Theatre and Dance will present Uncommon Women and Others at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16-18 and 22-25 in the Jean Weidner Theatre at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door for adults, $15 in advance and $17 at the door for students (with ID) and seniors, and $10 for UW-Green Bay students. Order online at www.uwgb.edu/tickets or by calling (920) 465-2400 or (800) 328-tkts.
Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JArvUozWzmc to watch a video preview of the UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance production of Uncommon Women and Others.
Uncommon Women and Others cast: Emily Ahrens (Susie Friend), Roscoe, Illinois; Kate Akerboom (Muffet), Green Bay; Hannah Blecha (Holly), De Pere; Azure Hall (Samantha), Green Bay; Clare Halstead (Carter), Portage; Mariah Himmelwright (Kate), Minneapolis, Minnesota; Taylor Huff (Leilah), Brillion; Sarah Seifert (Rita), Spring Green; Ashley Wisneski (Mrs. Plumm), De Pere.
Uncommon Women and Others student crew (as of Oct. 7): Erin Gerard (Stage Manager), Green Bay; Elizabeth Seidl (Assistant Stage Manager), Butler; Elizabeth Reineke (Properties Designer), Shawano; Bri Wolfe (Master Electrician), Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; Kaitlin Honkanen (Sound Technician), Green Bay; Daniel Fletcher (Properties Master), Suring; Jenevieve Lee (Properties Assistant), Kewaunee; Brittany Welch (Properties Assistant), Marinette; Renata Gindt (Properties Assistant), Hastings, Minnesota; Liz Galba (Wardrobe Crew Head), Cascade; Shannon Alba (Wardrobe Crew), New Berlin; Maari Erdman (Wardrobe Crew), Wausau; Rebecca Kellner (Wardrobe Crew), Stratford; Kiersten Zangl (Wardrobe Crew), Brownsville.