SOU Department of Theatre Arts presents 'Swimming in the Shallows'

Southern Oregon University's Department of Theatre Arts presents 'Swimming in the Shallows' by award-winning Canadian playwright Adam Bock on May 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, and 27 at 8 p.m. and on May 26 at 2 p.m. in the Center Square Theatre. The play is a spirited comedy about love and romance in contemporary America.

"It's a very funny comedy about negotiating the ambiguities and uncertainties of contemporary relationships in a culture that distracts us, confuses us and makes it difficult &

sometimes impossible &

to sort out who we really are and what we might want to become," says Director Dale Luciano, professor in SOU's Department of Theatre Arts. "It has a nice, kaleidoscopic structure that is original. The play has an intimate scale &

there are six characters &

and I've enjoyed working that way the last couple years."

According to Luciano, Bock captured the way Americans now speak and created lovable characters navigating surreal situations. "I'd never directed a play with a shark before," says Luciano. "There's a challenge. And there's a cat bowl that keeps interfering with the human relationships."

Joanna Tyler plays Barb, Daria Lisandrelli plays Carla Carla, Jackie Williams plays Donna, Nick Ferrucci plays Nick, Michael Fallon plays the Shark, and Scott Marden plays Bob. Set and costume design is by Roger Wykes.

Luciano has taught in SOU's Department of Theatre Arts since 1985. He has directed many notable productions for the department including "Who's Happy Now?" by Oliver Hailey, "The Oresteia" by Aeschylus, and "Comic Potential" by Alan Ayckbourn.

Tickets are $17 regular admission, $14 senior, and $5 student and are available at the door or by calling the SOU Theatre Arts Box Office at 552-6348.

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