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"Remnants" opens 100th season of University Theatre

Sept. 23, 2006

KALAMAZOO--University Theatre at Western Michigan University opens its 100th anniversary season with seven performances of "Remnants from Senegal," written and directed by Von Washington, WMU director of multicultural theatre.

Performances in York Arena Theatre begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 5-7, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. An opening night reception sponsored by Tiffany's Wine & Spirit Shop takes place after the Sept. 28 performance.

"Remnants from Senegal," is an emotional, humorous story of family, community, history and courage. Each member of the Jenkins family arrives at a Michigan church for their family reunion with a different story to tell. Spread from South Carolina to Benton Harbor, Mich., they arrive at the reunion carrying fragments of a family history and cherished remnant beads from the braids of female slaves. The ensuing drama revolves around an unspoken family secret.

The cast of "Remnants from Senegal" includes seniors Hal Bates Jr., La'Avery Black, Kristin Joy Greer, Brandon Higgins, Sharmaine McGinnis, Oliver Murphy, Casey Riddle, Bianca Washington and Iva Washington.

The creative team includes Phillip Baranski, stage manager; Aaron Atherton, lighting designer; Palmer Jankens, sound designer, Micha Espinosa, dialect coach; Rachel Higgins, assistant dialect coach; and Brian Boyer, master electrician.

All seating is general admission. Tickets for University Theatre productions can be purchased by calling (269) 387-6222 or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex Ticket Office weekdays between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Senior citizens and WMU students, faculty and staff and senior citizens receive discounts on the regular ticket price of $17 each.

For more information on the University Theatre season, visit www.wmich.edu/theatre.

Media contact: Jason Nuzzo, (269) 387-3227, jason.a.nuzzo@wmich.edu

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