Wednesday, October 6, 2010

UIS theatre presents The Heidi Chronicles

The Theatre Program at the University of Illinois Springfield will debut its 2010-11 season with the play The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein, opening Friday, October 22. Six performances will be presented in the Studio Theatre, on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center at UIS - on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 22, 23, and 24, and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 28, 29, and 30. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. except the Sunday performance (October 24), which will begin at 2 p.m.

Winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, The Heidi Chronicles humorously and poignantly traces Heidi Holland’s coming of age from the late ‘60s to the late ‘80s—mirroring a generation’s trek through various political and social movements, most notably the evolution of the women’s movement. Through thought-provoking and often funny vignettes, Heidi, an intelligent, educated woman, struggles to find her place in a male-dominated world, surrounded by various women who are navigating the same challenging terrain.

Nine actors are playing various roles in the production. The cast includes UIS alumna Ashley Warren playing the role of Heidi; community member Cassie Poe as Susan; student Ben Beams as Scoop; student Jason Youngberg as Peter; student Jennica Danner playing the roles of Fran, Lisa, and April; student Diana Sahagun as Jill, Debbie, and Denise; student Karina Diaz playing Becky, Clara, Molly, and Betsy; student Matt Dobill playing Chris, Mark, and Waiter; and student Tommy Caldwell in the roles of Steve and Ray.

UIS Assistant Professor of Theatre Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson directs this play by the late icon of American theatre, Wendy Wasserstein.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens (65 or older with a picture I.D.), $8 for UIS Faculty/Staff and $6 for UIS students with a valid i-card*. Tickets are now available at the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office, located on level two of the Public Affairs Center. Purchase tickets in person, by phone at 217/206-6160 or 800/207-6960 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at Tickets will also be available at the ticket office on the day of the performance, beginning 90 minutes before curtain time. *Please note that a $2 Sangamon Auditorium “Stage Operating Surcharge” is added to all tickets purchased, and for mail and phone purchases, an additional $4 service fee is added. On-line tickets are assessed a convenience fee by Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office based on ticket price.

For more information on the upcoming theatre season contact Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson at 217/206-8307 or email

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