March 6, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The bonds of five small-town women are tested as they grapple with religion, secrets and the building of a float for the annual holiday parade in Illinois Wesleyan University’s March 19-21 lab theatre production of Float.
Written by Chicago-based playwright and actress Patricia Kane, Float received three Joseph Jefferson Award nominations including “Best New Work.” Emotionally rich and funny, Float is directed by Hannah Dhue ’15.
An English-writing and theatre arts double major, Dhue said she wanted to direct the play after she read it the first time. She said IWU’s student directing program is “a collaborative process where you have all these passionate students who get to help each other do what they love to do.”
The cast includes: Alexa Eldridge ’16 (Doodee); Selena Greising ’16 (Luce); Halimah Nurullah ’15 (Char); Kelsey VonderHaar ’15 (Arletta); and LeeAnna Studt ’17 (Marty). The crew includes: stage manager Lela Clark ’17; assistant stage manager Jamie Kreppein ’18; scenic designer Paige Kinnamon ’15; costume designer Connor O. Speck ’17; lighting designer Kelcie Mortell ’15; sound designer Ryan Fisher ’17; and props manager Alec Sutton ’16.
Performances will be held at 8 p.m. each evening at the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre. Tickets are $3 for general admission and seniors, and $2 for students with a valid ID. Tickets are available the week of the performance at the McPherson Theatre Box Office, 309-556-3232.