Theatre UNI to open new season with 'Ubu Roi'

September 28, 2004

Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director and theatre publicist, Theatre UNI, (319) 273-6387
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will begin its 2004-2005 season with the family circus themed 'Ubu Roi,' Thursday, Oct. 7, 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. 7-9 and Oct. 13-16; and at 2 p.m., Oct. 9, 10 and 17.

'Ubu Roi' is directed by Scott Nice, UNI assistant professor of theatre, and written by French playwright Alfred Jarry. A seminal play of the Theatre of the Absurd, 'Ubu Roi' is a spoof of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth,' and the current state of our political process, according to Nice.

The cast of eight includes: Chad Ryan of Cedar Rapids as Pere Ubu, and Melisa Wallace of Cedar Falls as Mere Ubu. Other cast members include: Nick Hodge of Marion, Melissa Cameron of Council Bluffs, Jeff Cumberland of Vinton, Benjamin Kass of Sumner, Brad Borrison of Camanche and Magdalena Bochan of Gdynia, Poland.

Production designers include: UNI Staff Designer Mark A. Parrott, scenery; Chad Kolbe, UNI instructor in theatre and Theatre UNI technical director, lighting; Carol Colburn, UNI professor of theatre, costumes; and UNI theatre majors Jennifer Beers of Cedar Falls, hair and makeup, and Hans Pregler of Denver, sound.

Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children under 18. Admission is free for UNI students with their uCard. Tickets are available by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381 or online at