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UNI's Strayer-Wood Theatre to present 'Mad Forest'

October 6, 2011

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

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Strayer-Wood Theatre will present "Mad Forest" by Caryl Churchill, at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 20 to 22 and Oct. 27 to 29 and at 2 p.m., Oct. 23 and 30, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Churchill's "Mad Forest" places ordinary people into the churning realities of acting and defining revolution. With a wedding being planned, two families must navigate what should be a joyous occasion of union against the onslaught of threats, hearsay and chaos that eventually topple a megalomaniacal regime. With similar events in Egypt not too distant, Churchill's play, set in Romania during December 1989, presents a theatrical perspective on "revolution" that will speak to guests – as individuals, members of family and community, and citizens of the world.

"Mad Forest" is the second offering of the Strayer-Wood Theatre's 2011-2012 season, "Renewal: Emerging Beyond Struggles." The production is directed by Cynthia Goatley, associate professor of performance. Costumes were designed by Carol Colburn, professor of design and production; scenery was designed by Leonard M. Curtis, associate professor of design and production. Lighting was designed by Mark A. Parrott, assistant professor of design and production and Stephanie Wessels, senior design and production major; hair and make-up was designed by Kelli Craig, junior theatre arts major. The stage manager is Kylie Weitz, senior theatre arts major.

"Mad Forest" will play on the main stage of Strayer-Wood Theatre on the UNI campus. 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