Simpson Productions, the theatre, opera and musical theatre collaboration at Simpson College, presents María Irene Fornés’ innovative play “Fefu and Her Friends” beginning Friday, Feb. 4.
Performances run Feb. 4-6 at Simpson’s Blank Performing Arts Center. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee scheduled for 2 p.m. Adult tickets are $9, seniors and non-Simpson students are $7 and group tickets (10 or more) are $6.50 apiece. Visit simpson.edu/SimpsonProductions for box office information.
“Fefu and Her Friends” follows the lives of eight women in five different environments. The friends gather at the home of Fefu (Wendy Soto) to rehearse for a charity event. The women interact with one another and share their thoughts and feelings about life along with their personal struggles and societal concerns.
The 14th play by the Cuban American playwright Fornés, “Fefu” is known for its unconventional stage presentation, audience involvement and all-female cast.
“This is an exciting production that is presented in the ‘promenade’ style,” said Ann Woldt, assistant professor of theatre and director of the play. “This unique approach to performance has been a challenging, yet exciting experience for not only myself, but for the eight actors performing in the play. We cannot wait to share this beautiful story in such a special way.”
Act One begins in Barnum Studio Theatre. In Act Two, audience members leave their seats and move to other locations in the theatre to experience four scenes. The scenes play out on different levels of the theatre. An elevator is available.
About Simpson College
Simpson College is a private, liberal arts college located in Iowa with campuses in Indianola, West Des Moines and online. Founded in 1860, the college has 1,078 undergraduate and graduate students. Simpson offers 75 majors, minors and programs in addition to three graduate programs. Outside of the classroom, Simpson is a member of the NCAA Division III American Rivers Conference, hosts eight Greek houses on campus and sponsors many extracurricular options for student involvement.
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