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First Play of Semester Evokes Strong Emotion In Viewers

The UCA theater department was proud to begin the fall season with its production of “Dying City” on Sept. 2-5. The play is the first of the department’s productions for the 2015-2016 year.

The hour-and-a-half show was held in the Snow Fine Arts Blackbox Theater. Admission was free to all students.

The play is a modern contemporary piece set in a post 9/11 New York City apartment. The production is a three-character drama, performed by a cast of two, about a widowed woman who welcomes an unexpected visitor who reveals the truth about her lover and his death.

“The show was challenging because of the intimacy of the entire piece as a whole,” senior Jordyn Daniels said. “The space, for one, was brought into the studio theater for this ‘up close and personal’ feel. And then the script itself, the actual work, was centered in real human emotion, which made for a really raw theatrical experience.”

The story is a drama about grief and violence coming on the heels of the war on Iraq, connecting with many issues people still face today.

“The show [felt]like you were watching any other day between these characters,” junior Colin Fowler said. “The actors were so emotionally connected to their characters that it really brought the show to life onstage.”

The department’s next production will be “Radium Girls,” which will be held in the Bridges/Larson Theater in Snow Fine Arts on Oct. 29-31 and Nov. 5-6.

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 9, 2015 print edition of The Echo.

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