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News Release
Western Oregon University Theatre Department to stage two comedies during winter term (Photo) - 01/23/17

MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Oregon University's Theatre Department will present two comedic plays during winter term: "All in the Timing" by David Ives and "Shakespeare in Hollywood" by Ken Ludwig.

"All in the Timing" comprises six one-act plays that revolve around the concepts of wordplay, interpersonal relations and existential reflection. The play had its off-Broadway premiere in 1993 and has been performed countless times since. The WOU presentation will be produced as if in a comedy club with six "comedians" playing all the roles in the plays.

"The plays all deal with the humor that results from coincidental events in life and odd intersections of people and events," said director Kent Neely. "We see three chimps given typewriters and told to write 'Hamlet.' Then there's the creation of a "universal language" that can solve humanity's difficulties. And we see what happened to Trotsky after an ice axe was smashed in the back of his head."

WOU's performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 through 11 in the Studio Theater of Rice Auditorium on campus. A matinee will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 11. The Feb. 10 presentation will include American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Tickets cost $14 for adults, $8 for students, and $10 for seniors and WOU faculty and staff.

"Shakespeare in Hollywood" imagines the comedy that would ensue if fairies Oberon and Puck from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" were transported to a troubled 1930s production of the film. Add in gossip columnists, starlets and censorship crusaders, and the scene becomes a hilarious mix of outrageous characters and situations.

"The play is a wild farce that is sure to please fans of Shakespeare, Hollywood and comedy," said director Ted DeChatelet. "It will be an evening of mischief, mayhem and laughter."

The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. March 2 to 4 and March 8 to 11 in Rice Auditorium. A matinee will be at 2 p.m. March 5. The March 3 and March 10 performances will include ASL interpretation.

Box office hours are 12:30-4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m. on performance nights. The phone number is 503-838-8462.

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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