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Contact: Robert Schneider, School of Theatre and Dance
(815) 753-8263

February 20, 2006

Third Onion to present two student-written plays in Corner Theatre

DeKalb Third Onion, the student run theatre company associated with the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance, will present on February 23 and 24 at 10:30 p.m. the original work of two student playwrights.

Tangled Curls, by Elise Johnson, is a nightmare fantasy play in which the heroine imagines all her past lovers together in the same room. The playwright describes her work as coming out of "a muddled way of looking at relationships -- relationships are never chiseled to perfection; you can never give them a definite shape." 

After some twists and turns, the pieces fall together and the audience gets to see the circumstances that set the whole thing in motion. Tangled Curls features a cast of NIU theatre studies students: Alysa Grimes, Andrew Jordan, Laura Klauser, Suzanne Wiegert and Justin Zuccollo. Kristen 'Dakota' Helmers directs.

The second play on the bill is Cracks in the Wall, written and directed by Roxanne Garcia and co-directed by Nicole Tufano. Garcia describes the play as "a woman's journey through various types of abuse at three different stages of her life." However, she promises that in the end, the young woman at the center of the story "overcomes her ties to a family that never gave her the love she needed to grow and become an adult. So, it's really a story of liberation." 

BFA Design and Technology student Rachelle Kolecke created sets, lights and costumes for both plays.

The two plays will be performed together on Thursday and Friday nights in the Stevens Building Corner Theatre, (Stevens Building 236), on the NIU campus. The nominal curtain time is 10:30 p.m., although the curtain may be held to accommodate students and faculty who have a late rehearsal in the same building. Tickets are $3 and available only at the door. No reservations are necessary. Call (615) 604-0254 for more information.