UU Theatre Spring Production – Becky’s New Car

Rehearsing for the upcoming spring theatre production of Becky’s New Car are UU students Kohl King as Joe Foster and Zack Iiames as Steve Stingletary.

URBANA, Ohio (March 12, 2013) - Students in Theatre at Urbana University will be performing the comedy, Becky’s New Car, by Steven Dietz on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23 at 8:00 p.m. The performance is in the University’s Black Box Theatre on campus in the Hub.

The intimate theatre is limited to 60 seats, so reservations are recommended. They can be made through Wednesday, March 20 by calling 484-1409. Reserved tickets should be picked up at the Hub between 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. on performance nights. Only 40 seats will be reserved; the remaining will be available for general seating on a first come, first served basis beginning at 7:30 each night.

The fast-paced comedy of manners focuses on how Becky Foster, an office worker in a car dealership, loses her way on the road of life. Her route takes amusing twists, complicated turns, and surprising exits before she reaches her destination.

The lead role of Becky is played by Marci Copley, from Kenton, with a strong supporting cast of Kohl King, Urbana, as her husband Joe, a roofer; Josh Easton, Mt. Victory, as their son Chris who is in graduate school studying psychology; Zack Iiames, New Carlisle, as Steve, a car salesman; millionaire billboard executive Walter Flood and his daughter Kenni played by Jared Chastain, London, and Mercedes Dagnan, Medway; and Amanda Rockhold, Urbana, as a socialite named Ginger. Heather Berry, Springfield, plays the shadowy figure of Mrs. Tipton and doubles as the stage manager.

The production is directed by Margaret Piatt, assistant professor for theatre at Urbana University, who also supervises the student crew. This includes Samantha Little, Columbus, as the production designer and house manager collaborating with artists Alexandra Harenberg, Catawba, and Jessica Combs, Dayton; the latter also serves as the box office manager. Cody Slater, Urbana, is the technical director working with the cast and the crew of Kim Hazelwood, Mt. Gilead; Duane Hariston, Dayton; Ashley Lewis, Canton; Charity Nemic, Urbana; Matthew Patton, Urbana; Jayne Woodward, London; and, Adam Wunderele, Bellefontaine. John-Mark Howley, Mechanicsburg, is the sound director and operator; Amy Williams, Rockford, is the lighting operator. Kathleen Ollhoff, West Liberty, contributes as hair stylist and make-up coordinator; Sidney Fuller, London, as the running crew; and, Dina Fleming, Urbana, as a production assistant.

Additional support in technical theatre has been given by Michael Hurwitz, Tom Murphy, and James A. White. Helpful tips on customer service have been provided by the cheerful employees at White’s Auto Group.

Becky’s New Car premiered in 2008 in Seattle, Washington where the play is set. It is being produced at Urbana University by arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc. The running time with two acts and one intermission is approximately two hours. There is no admission fee but donations are encouraged to help pay for new seating in the Black Box Theatre. 

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