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Performances

Thursday Feb 28, 2013
7:30 p.m. 

Saturday March 2, 2013
7:30 p.m. 

Sunday March 3, 2013
2:30 p.m. 


Ticket Prices

Adults - $18
Children - $10
Senior Citizens - $17
KU Faculty/Staff - $17
KU Students - $10

Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens
A poetry and song cycle with book and lyrics by Bill Russell, music by Janet Hood

The Crafton-Preyer Theatre

As part of the Department of Theatre’s sixth Alums Come Home weeklong gala event, theatre alumnus Bill Russell returns to KU, where he successfully directed Pageant in 2007, to direct his acclaimed poetry and song cycle featuring music by Janet Hood. Developed in the late 1980s as a theatrical response to the AIDS crisis, this piece celebrates those whose lives were lost to the disease. First produced in New York City in 1989 and now performed around the world, Elegies was inspired by Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology and the Names Project, the enormous collective AIDS quilt begun in 1987. This dramatic and musical piece combines thirty free-verse monologues spoken by characters who’ve died from the disease with ten blues, jazz and rock songs reflecting the point of view of the living. Students, alumni and community actors will be cast in this moving and inspirational tribute.

Elegies performances are presented as a benefit for the Douglas County AIDS Project.

Directed by Bill Russell
Musical Direction by Ryan McCall
Scenic Design by Jim Peterson
Lighting Design by Del Unruh
Costume Design by Delores Ringer

Cast

Singers.......Seth Golay, Brody Horn, Charlie Stock
........Hailey Lapin, Sara Kennedy, Shannon Buhler,
........Julia Geisler, Xavier Rice, Beauford K. Woods
Patrick.............................................John Staniunas
Billy......................................................Seth Macchi
Joe.....................................................Brady Blevins
Josh.................................................Johnny Cowan
Tracey..............................................Maggie Parker
Orville.......................................................Kip Niven
Sally.................................................Leslie Bennett
Nick......................................Gil Perez-Abraham Jr.
Lamar.................................................Caiel J.Noble
Charlotte............................................Krista Jarboe
Rebecca..............................Laura Brooke Williams
Ray....................................................Tim Wilkinson
Walter...............................................Blake Beardall
Dwight.................................................Jordy Altman
Rafaella...........................................Caroline Collett
Khadija............................................Gabriela Carttar
Roscoe.............................................Richard Powell
Helen.....................................................Linda Hope
Nancy................................................Joanne Averill
Claudia..................................................Gail Trottier
Paul..................................................Paul E. Orwick
Nat........................................Michael S. McNamara
Joanne............................................Mary-Pat Green
Alma...............................DeAndrea Beatrice Herron
Nonkosi.........................................Isabella Hampton
Bud.....................................................Thom Browne
Grace.......................................................Laura Kirk
Miles...........................................Tosin Morohunfola


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