Department of Theatre and Dance to Open 2003-2004 Season with “Two Rooms”

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 19, 2003 — The Department of Theatre and Dance will kick off its 2003-2004 season Sept. 24-28 with the riveting and suspenseful drama “Two Rooms” by Lee Blessing.

The production is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sept. 24-27 and 2 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Lab Theatre in Grauel Building Room 104, at the corner of Normal and Pacific streets.

The story centers around the struggle of a woman, Laine Wells, whose husband, Michael, was taken hostage in Beirut, while teaching at a university overseas. To better sympathize with his condition, Laine strips a room in her home of all its furnishings and holds vigil in the dark, awaiting his release.  Between these two isolated rooms, the couple holds imaginary conversations, trying to keep their marriage and hope alive.

Suspense builds as she receives increasing pressure from two opposing forces — one, a reporter who encourages her to speak out against American foreign policy which may be delaying her husband’s release, and two, a representative of the State Department, who urges Laine to continue to wait patiently, reminding her that going public could ignite a very fragile situation and cost lives.

An eerily relevant drama, the parallel between the events in this drama and current events is uncanny. 

“Two Rooms” will be directed by Dr. Roseanna Whitlow, assistant professor of theatre and dance, and will star Matthew Frey as Michael Wells; Cassee Hagan as his wife, Laine; Adam Leong as the reporter Walker Harris; and Kate Kruse as Ellen Van Oss. Tickets are $8 and are available through the Performing Arts Box Office by calling (573) 651-2265.