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Theatre UNI to open new season with 'Lobster Alice'

September 29, 2003

Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director and theatre publicist, Theatre UNI, (319) 273-6387
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will begin its 2002-2003 season with the romantic comedy 'Lobster Alice,' Thursday, Oct. 9, for a two-week run in the Bertha Martin Theatre of the University of Northern Iowa's Strayer-Wood Theatre. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 15-18; and at 2 p.m., Oct. 11, 12 and 19.

'Lobster Alice' is directed by Cynthia Goatley, UNI professor of theatre, and written by Minneapolis playwright Kira Obolensky. The play is based on surrealist artist Salvador Dali's six weeks in 1946 spent working with the animator of Alice in Wonderland on a short film in the spirit of 'Fantasia.' Although the film was never completed, Obolensky used the event to speculate on the extent of Dali's influence on the animator.

The cast of seven includes: Ben Powell of Virginia Beach, Va., as the animator John Finch; Rachelle Neuberger of Clear Lake, as his assistant Alice Horowitz; Ryan Wickham of Marshalltown, as Thorton and the Caterpillar; Leo Murzenko of St. Petersburg, Russia; Szymon Jachimek of Gdynia, Poland; Melisa Wallace of Everly and Brianne Waychoff of Cedar Rapids, as Salvador Dali.

Production designers include Brad M. Carlson of Cedar Falls as scenic designer; Derek Easton of Waterloo as lighting designer; Carol Colburn, UNI professor of theatre, as costume designer; and Mark A. Parrott, UNI staff designer, as properties designer.

Admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for UNI students and youth. Tickets are available by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381 or online at