Morningside College to present student-directed production of the play “Two Rooms”

August 3, 2018, in Latest News, Theatre, Fine Arts

The Morningside College Theatre Department will present a student-directed production of “Two Rooms” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, through Saturday, Aug. 25, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, in the Helen Levitt Art Gallery in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave.

“Two Rooms” is a play by Lee Blessing about a man, Michael, who is kidnapped and held hostage by terrorists in Beirut. It revolves around his wife, Lainie, who is forced to come to terms with this ordeal. Through private meetings with a reporter and a State Department official, Lainie struggles to find the best solution to help bring her husband home.

The production will be directed by Brock Bourek of Columbus, Neb., a senior at Morningside College.

“I had directed a full-length comedic play last year and wanted to do something more serious that would challenge me,” he said. “I love this show because although it was written in 1990, we can see so many things that are still relevant in today’s society.”

Morningside student cast members include Grant Turner of Moville, Iowa, as Michael; Madison Schueth of Fremont, Neb., as Lainie; Riley Liljenquist of Pocatello, Idaho, as Walker; Khiana Hume of Omaha, Neb., as Ellen; Grady Klein of Cambridge, Minn., as Guard 1; and Eric Wells of Mineola, Iowa, as Guard 2.

Students on the production team are Jason Latta of Greeley, Colo., as stage manager; Zach Hutchison of Mallard, Iowa, as scenic designer; Rachel DeJong of Leota, Minn., as props designer and financial administrator; Madison Schueth of Fremont, Neb., as costume designer; Engels Perez Boscan of Caracas, Venezuela, as lighting and sound designer; and Maggie Ganley of New Market, Iowa, as public relations specialist.

Tickets are $7 at the door. The production is for a mature audience.