Story last updated at 1/7/2009 - 10:52 am
JUNEAU - Perseverance Theatre's 30th Anniversary Season continues with the award-winning comedy "Wittenberg" by David Davalos. The production runs in Douglas from Jan. 4 to Feb. 1 and is directed by Mike Stevenson.
"Wittenberg" is a comedy about a college senior who can't decide what to major in. Part of the problem is that he lives in a world that is globalizing, technology is changing the rules, and things that he thought would always be true are suddenly turned upside down. Part of his problem is that he is Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, the most indecisive literary figure ever written about, famous for his self doubt. Combine the most confused literary figure with confusing times, and you get this remarkable new comedy about existence and coming of age in turbulent times.
The University of Wittenberg, Germany was founded in 1502, shortly before Shakespeare's Hamlet and Marlowe's Faustus were written about as being there; and also not long before Martin Luther turned the Christian world upside down by questioning the judgment of Rome.
"This play is the funniest I've ever read," said Artistic Director Art Rotch. "I love having a mid-winter comedy for Juneau. It also reminds us to ask questions and think for ourselves, and to remember that what was true yesterday may not still be true tomorrow. Most of all, it is a very funny story of a gifted young man trying to figure out what the world is turning into."
"Wittenberg" features Roblin Gray Davis (The Laramie Project, How I Learned to Drive, King Stag, The Wooden Breeks, Fry Tales, and Fry Tales: all new adventures), Brandon Demery (Much Ado About Nothing, Black Comedy, Equus, Tommy, and Noises Off), Asha Falcon (Proof, Boombox, Amigos Blue Guitar, and Oedipus at Colonus), and Dave Hunsaker, a Juneau based playwright who wrote Yupik Antigone, Lady Rauchin Meets the Pagan, The Birds, The Waller in the Snow, Pieces of Eight, and will premiere Battles of Fire and Water later this season at Perseverance Theatre.
Director Mike Stevenson's directing credits include The Castle of Otranto, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre; Of Mice and Men, Sacramento Theatre Company; Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Capital Stage; Born Yesterday, River Stage; The Last 5 Years, Boston Marriage and Jack & Jill, B Street Theatre. He is co-director of the B Street Theatre Conservatory and a member of the B Street Acting Company. He holds an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre.
For tickets or more information, call Perseverance Theatre at (907) 463-TIXS or visit www.perseverancetheatre.org.