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Theatre UNI to present 'Roosters'

February 16, 2003

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present the Hispanic-American drama, 'Roosters' Feb. 27 through March 9 at the Strayer-Wood Theatre. It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 through March 1, and March 5 through 8; and 2 p.m. March 1, 2 and 9.

'Roosters' tells the story of conflict between a father and son when the father returns home after a long absence to reclaim his place as the head of the family.

The production is directed by guest artist Kim Hines, a professional actor, director and playwright from Minneapolis. She is an associate artist at Illusion Theater in Minneapolis, and a regular columnist for the Minnesota Women's Press. She is a recipient of Minnesota's prestigious Bush Artist Fellowship Award for playwrighting, the first female African-American Core Member of the Playwrights' Center, a member of the Actor's Equity Association and a past board member of Assitej, an international network of theatre for children and young people.

Theatre UNI's production of 'Roosters' features Scott Nice, UNI assistant professor of theatre, in the role of Gallo, the father, and a cast of nine students. Student cast members are: Jess C. White, Des Moines; Joanna Jordan, Iowa City; Gretchen Carter, Sioux City; Katie Sue Nicklos, La Junta, Colo.; Derek Johnson, Delhi; Jeff Johnson, Lake View; Ryan Wickham, Marshalltown; Rachelle Neuberger, Clear Lake; and Szymon Bogucki, Gdansk, Poland.

The production team includes scenic designer Mark A. Parrott, staff designer; lighting designer Eric Lange, UNI associate professor of theatre and acting department head; and costume designer Carmelita Guse, a theatre graduate student from Waterloo.

'Roosters' contains mature subject matter. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $8 for seniors, UNI faculty and staff; and $5 for youth under 18. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at (319) 273-6381, or online at The play is funded in part by the Martha Ellen Tye Guest Artist Fund.