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Willamette University Presents New Farce Written by Alumna

Willamette University Theatre presents "W(h)acked, an Immorality Play," written by Willamette alumna Stephanie Timm, as its third show of the 2006-07 season.

Performances are Feb. 16-17 and 22-24 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 18 and 25 at 2 p.m., with a preview Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. They will be held at Arena Theatre in the Theatre Playhouse at Willamette University, 900 State St.

"W(h)acked, an Immorality Play" is a new farce with classic style where the members of the Underground Very Secret Hush Hush Ladies Serial Killer Club invite you to step into the ladies' room and peek into the world of the followers of Sister Lottie Limerick, a serial killer of the days of old. Haunted portraits, hot janitors, evil plots and naughty secrets combine to make one wickedly hilarious evening. "W(h)acked, an Immorality Play" has received two staged readings at ACT Theatre in Seattle and premiered at Live Girls! in Seattle in October.

Playwright Stephanie Timm's most recent work, "Crumbs Are Also Bread," will premiere at Washington Ensemble Theatre in February. Timm, a 1999 Willamette graduate, also wrote "Frankenocchio," which opened the 2004-05 season at the Empty Space Theatre in Seattle. Her short play, "Lil Heroes," is a finalist for the 2006-07 Heideman Award. Timm is a principal playwright with Seattle Dramatists and a recent recipient of a GAP (Grants for Artists Projects) award from Artist Trust. She teaches at the Hugo House in Seattle and with the Young Playwrights Program through ACT Theatre.

Willamette student Kyle McBroom, a senior theatre and rhetoric major, will design lights for the production. Designers include department co-chair Chris Harris (set) and resident costume designer Bobby Brewer-Wallin. Their tasks include creating an ornate powder room that can be transformed into the covert meeting place of the club, as well as outfitting the femme fatales and their unfortunate victims.

The cast features Willamette students Corinne Becker as Abhorabelle, Sarah Hamilton as Detesta, Sarah Jo Kendall as Crueliet, Britt Lauer as Lottie Limerick, Tara McLauchlan as Revengaline, Annie Rimmer as Tormentina, and Aaron Smith as the many unfortunate men who come in contact with the Underground Very Secret Hush Hush Ladies Serial Killer Club.

To purchase tickets, contact the Willamette University Box Office at (503) 370-6221 or reserve tickets by email at thtr-tix@willamette.edu. Opening night is $12 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Most other evening performances are $10 for general admission and $6 for students and seniors; matinees are $8 general admission and $6 for students and seniors. Contact the box office for specific pricing and details.

For more information contact the theatre department at (503) 370-6222 or go to www.willamette.edu/cla/theatre.

01-29-2007