Western Presents 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor'
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WESTERN PRESENTS LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR BY NEIL SIMON
St. Joseph, Mo. -October 27, 2010-Missouri Western State Universitys theatre and video program will present ''Laughter on the 23rd Floor'' by Neil Simon at 7 p.m. Nov. 4-6 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7 in Potter Hall Theater. The play will be directed by Dallas Henry, assistant professor of theatre and video.
''Laughter on the 23rd Floor'' is a screamingly funny Broadway hit about a team of comedy writers in televisions Golden Age. Set in 1953, Neil Simon re-creates the mayhem, neuroses, nonstop gags and constant one-upmanship of a team of brilliantly funny social misfits as they write the Max Prince Show, a weekly variety program.
Among the crew are Milt, the insult artist; Ira, the hypochondriac whose dream is to have a virus named after him; and Val, a Russian migr who takes a Berlitz course so he can curse without an accent. They are devoted to their boss, Max Prince, a comic genius, a tyrant and a paranoiac with a heart of gold. But his penchant for tippling and popping too many pills is growing under the pressures of a rising McCarthyism, network executives and sponsors who want him to cut back his ''too-smart'' show and staff so that they can chase after the ''Leave It to Beaver'' and ''Father Knows Best'' audience.
Before the show, during intermission and after the show, the Potter Hall art gallery will be open in the foyer for guests. Free bagels will be provided during intermission by Einstein Bros. Bagels and MWSU Dining Services.
Tickets can be reserved now at www.missouriwestern.edu/tickets or call the Box Office at 816-271-5923. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. Western faculty, staff and students are free. The Box Office will open one hour prior to the show and the theatre will open a half hour prior to the show.
Henry, who joined Westerns faculty this fall, received his B.A. from the University of Saint Mary and received an M.F.A. in Acting/Directing from Wayne State University. He has directed and choreographed at numerous professional theaters around the country along with teaching Master Workshops in Stage and Film. He was the founder and CEO of Wheatfield Productions and created the multi-award winning digital media company, WebHoundGang Digital Media. At Wheatfield Productions, he directed and produced numerous music videos, national commercials, television shows and films.
This show is recommended for mature audiences. This production contains strong language.
For more information please contact the Theatre Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-271-5923.
Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit www.missouriwestern.edu.