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UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre to present 'Guernica'

September 23, 2011

Traci Gaydos, director of marketing, Strayer-Wood Theatre, 319-273-6387,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Strayer-Wood Theatre will present the Midwest premiere of "Guernica" by Cody Daigle. Productions begin at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 6 to 8 and Oct. 13 to 15 and at 2 p.m., Oct. 9 and 16. "Guernica" will play inside the Strayer-Wood Theatre's Bertha Martin Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Before 9-11, there was Guernica. The Spanish town of Guernica was home to a tragic historical event that inspired Picasso to create a masterpiece. "Guernica," the play, follows Eric, an artist who meets a mysterious man who offers him a seductive opportunity: learn the secrets of the painting and break through to something new. Join Eric and his mysterious friends as they explore the creative process and the madness of war while "Guernica" comes to life in this passionate, intellectual drama.

The production is directed by Stephen Taft, associate professor of performance. Costumes were designed by Amy S. Rohrberg, associate professor of design and production; scenery was designed by Mark A. Parrott, assistant professor of theatre design and production. Stephanie Wessels, senior in theatre design and production, designed the lighting; Jessica Williams, junior in theatre arts, designed the hair and make-up. Matthew Vichlach, a junior theatre arts major, is the stage manager.

Playwright Cody Daigle will be available for a talkback following the Friday, Oct. 7 performance. "Guernica" is the first offering of the theatre's 2011-2012 season, "Renewal: Emerging Beyond Struggles," and is presented as part of the university's "Reaching for Higher Ground" series.

Tickets are $16 for general admission and free for UNI students with their uCard. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office will be open one hour before curtain time.

For more information, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit the website at