‘Coyote Ugly’ Performing Nov. 28- Dec. 2 in Rust Flexible Theatre

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 14, 2007 — “Coyote Ugly,” the first performance in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, will begin Nov. 28 for a five-day run.

“Coyote Ugly” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28-Dec. 1 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

Father, a fumbling wannabe womanizer, seems to think that a green Buick will save his marriageᾰor at least rekindle his wife’s passions.  Mother eats Reddi-Whip straight from the can, sleeps (at any and all hours) in the family hide-a-bed, and would discipline her 12-year-old daughter if she could catch her.  Up the road through the Arizona desert comes big brother – after an absence of many years – with his new bride.  He is an out of shape P.E. teacher. She is a perky biology teacher who innocently wonders if her in-laws’ junk-strewn yard means they are preparing for a yard sale.   The daughter, Scarlet – the play’s central character – strikes stones against bones in magic, musical rituals of her own devising, drags live bobcats around in burlap sacks, strands her sister-in-law in the Arizona desert, and talks to God.

Outspoken and often violent in words and deeds, “Coyote Ugly,” by Lynn Siefert, slashes at the funny bone with a blade honed on equal parts of “Leave it to Beaver,” “Married: With Children,” “South Park,” “The Jerry Springer Show” and “The Simpsons.”  Nothing but laughter is sacred as this less-than-functional family treats matters that would trouble your average serial killer as commonplace subjects for everyday conversation.  The very ugliness that may devour life, love, and family is, in “Coyote Ugly,” fuel for gasps of laughter.   Like reading Mad Magazine by flashes of lightning, Lynn Seifert’s brilliant flashes of theatricality and humor illuminate the tragic-if-funny and funny-if-tragic conflicts and passions at the heart of “Coyote Ugly” and at the center of a family for which loving care has long since petrified into something hard,  but . . . maybe . . . unbreakable.  

Achieving national notice in its production by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, first in 1985, this stunning, explosive, and yet very funny play has also been presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., under the sponsorship of the American National Theatre.  

The play contains very adult subject matter, physical and gun violence with loud sound effects, sharply rough language, and smoking.

For tickets, call the River Campus Box Office at (573) 651- 2265 or go online to metrotix.com, keyword “coyote.”