oct 8

"Leaves of Words"

Lawrence Arts Center

An original play by Lawrence playwright and KU student Tim Macy, directed by KU professor Paul Lim, and produced by KU's English Alternative Theatre. The story is based on the mysterious disappearance of Lawrence-area teen Randy Leach, which remains an unsolved case after 18 years. Lawrence actor Jeremy Auman plays the part of Randy's dad Harold, who narrates the play, going through various scenarios that could have happened to his son.Running time is about 80 minutesFrom the organizers: The mysterious disappearance of 17-year-old Randy Leach after he attended a pre-graduation party on April 15, 1988 in Linwood, KS is the subject of "Leaves of Words," a new play by Tim Macy, Kansas University graduate student in English from Topeka.An MFA candidate in playwriting, Macy researched the play for a year, conducting extensive interviews with Harold Leach, the father of the missing teenager who offers various scenarios for what may have happened to his son, and who continues to hope that his son may still be alive, somewhere, somehow.Macy then spent another year writing the play in a special directed studies project with KU playwriting professor Paul Stephen Lim, who is now also directing the world premiere of the play for English Alternative Theatre, a group Lim founded in 1989 primarily to nurture and produce the work of KU playwrights.Featured in the production are KU students Garrett Michael Kelly as Randy Leach; Colin Elliott, Whitney Rowland, Dylan Walker and Mackenzie Wiglesworth as members of the Class of '88; Robert Steele in a variety of roles as the investigating policeman, a mystic psychic and a garage mechanic. Appearing in the role of Randy's father is guest artist Jeremy Auman, longtime Lawrence resident well-known for his participation in many EAT shows, and also for producing the yearly Victor Continental comedy sketches.The production team includes Lee Saylor (set and lighting design), Kaye Miller (costume and make-up), Jerel Hilding (choreography), Nick Mosher (sound design), and Megan Smith (stage manager). "Leaves of Words" is a participating entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and is eligible for the Michael Kanin National Student Playwriting Award and the David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award.Performances are 8 PM Oct. 6-7 and 2:30 PM at the Lawrence Arts Center. 940 New Hampshire. $6 students, $8 seniors, $10 general public. Tickets at the box-office or call 843-2787.

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