Willamette Theatre Presents Woyzeck

Willamette University Theatre presents the final play of the 2008–09 season, Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck.

The play runs April 18-May 2 in Kresge Theatre, with a preview performance April 16 at 7:30 p.m. and an opening night performance April 17 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a gala reception. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. and a special Saturday matinee May 2 at 2 p.m. The production contains nudity, violence and adult language, and is not suitable for children.

Franz Woyzeck is an impoverished soldier in a small town who is bullied by his captain and subjected to bizarre medical experimentation by an army doctor. His nerves are already strained when he begins to suspect that his common-law wife, Marie, is having an affair with a drum major. The play charts his increasing distrust and anger until, overcome with jealousy and despair, Woyzeck is driven to destroy the only thing he has ever loved.

Büchner’s play provides an exciting and challenging process for theatre companies, as the fourth draft was incomplete at the time of the playwright’s death and the original script never finished. Willamette’s production draws from several adaptations, additions by Director Jonathan Cole and the company, and Büchner’s original German manuscripts. The collaged nature of the text is not only incorporated into the performances, but also reflected in the staging and design elements.

Theatre department co-chair Jonathan Cole directs, and the cast features students Robert Alsman, Sarah Jo Kendall, Cory Goble, Matthew Romein, Anthony Harvey, Aaron Smith, Olivia Saccomanno, Rose Fullerton, Josh Rice, Sarah Quigley, Jacquelle Davis and Jordan Ehrlich. Theatre Professor Christopher Harris and students Geoffrey Suthers and Sarah Lydecker designed the set, Rachel Kinsman Steck designed the lighting and Instructor Bobby Brewer-Wallin created the costumes.

To purchase tickets contact the Willamette University Box Office at (503) 370-6221 or reserve tickets by email at 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. Contact the box office for specific pricing and details.

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