posted February 27, 2012
BRANDON, MB — The trials and tribulations of a young woman, nicknamed “Miss Witherspoon” in the afterlife, will be explored this week on the Evans Theatre stage, with opening night slated for Thursday evening. “Miss Witherspoon” was written by Christopher Durang, an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced on- and off-Broadway, in regional theaters throughout North America, and internationally.
Also the author of numerous satires, parodies and absurdist comedies, Durang first came to prominence in 1978 with “A History of the American Film”, his Tony Award-nominated musical spoof of Hollywood movies. His play “The Marriage of Bette and Boo” played the Evans in 1999.
This new play by this master of American contemporary comedy is the story of Veronica, a woman who is having trouble dealing with the angst of modern life — falling satellites in particular. After succumbing to her fears, she winds up in the Bardo, a Buddhist version of the afterlife where a strong-willed spirit guide will stop at nothing to get Veronica back to earth so she can learn the lessons her soul is supposed to learn. When her own efforts to inspire Veronica fail, the guide calls in the expertise of Jesus and Gandalf. This is a funny, satiric look at life, post 9-11.
The cast features Tara Vincent, Meagan Miller, Sarah Hallikas, Brittany Phillips, Chris Cook and Taylor Sukut. The stage manager is Kirsty Cameron and the play is directed and designed by James Forsythe.
Please be advised that though this production is open to the public, “Miss Witherspoon” is an adult comedy with language that some might find offensive and is not suitable for young children.
Performances of “Miss Witherspoon” will be held in the Evans Theatre, on the Brandon University campus. Tickets are $10 and are available at Campus Books and at the door. Brandon University students, with valid BU student cards, will receive one free admission to the Thursday, March 1 performance at 8 p.m. There will be additional performances on March 2 and March 3 at 8 p.m. as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on March 4.
For more information, please contact:
Joanne F. Villeneuve
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9