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UMFK Performing Arts to present Jules Feiffer's comedy Little Murders December 15, 16 and 17

December 2, 2005

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On December 15, 16 and 17, University of Maine at Fort Kent Performing Arts will present the production of Jules Feiffer's Little Murders in the Fox Auditorium on the UMFK campus.

Little Murders, set in the late 1960's, is the story of a dysfunctional family living in an urban atmosphere rife with random violence.

The play features Devin Gillespie as Alfred Chamberlain, an apathist photographer; Aubrie Daigle as Patsy Newquist, Alfred's prototypical feminist girlfriend; Josh Davidson as Patsy's loving but conflicted brother, Kenny; Dustin Harvey and Jessica Arseneault as Carol and Marjorie Newquist, Patsy and Kenny's parents, Heather Large as an existential minister, Reverend Dupas; Jessica Lang as the judge, and Jason Bouchard as Lieutenant Practice.

Little Murders centers on Patsy and Alfred's relationship in the context of a city in turmoil. Feiffer's vision of New York City is that of random violence, chronic breakdown of services, increasing isolation and fear in the populace and growing dysfunction in the family unit. Typical of a "black comedy", the play maintains an ironic view of a society spiraling out of control.

The play is directed by Joe Zubrick, UMFK associate professor of theater and oral communications, with lighting and sound design by Aaron Bernstein, UMFK production associate.

The stage setting is being executed by Zubrick's stagecraft class.

According to Zubrick, "Our modern world is steeped in violence, and in our casual acceptance of that violence as the norm. We have embraced violence as a solution to dispute and ignored its corrosive effect. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, opposing politicians said that they would 'smack', 'punch' or 'strangle' other politicians that disagreed with them. Pundits talk about 'the nuclear option' to solve debate. A Christian minister advocates state sponsored murder of a foreign official. And no one complains about it."

Performances are scheduled for Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m., a special matinee performance on Friday, December 16 at 3:30 p.m. for UMFK faculty and staff and a closing performance on Saturday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Admission to Little Murders is free for UMFK students, $5.00 for adults and $2.00 children and students.

For more information, contact Zubrick at 834-7591.