University Theatre to stage 'Lulu'

The University Theatre will stage "Lulu," an 1895 sex tragedy, Tuesday through Dec. 7 at the Inge Theatre.

The play tells the story of a young woman who goes from love to love, taking herself out of the streets and making herself into a high-society wife before going back into the streets again. The heroine follows a trail of desire from Berlin to Paris to Jack the Ripper's London, where she meets her fate.

Nicholas Wright has adapted Frank Wedekind's "Lulu" from a literal translation by Wes Williams. Patricia Ybarra, assistant professor of theater and film, is directing the production.

The show features an ensemble cast, a rock music score and film sequences inspired by American novelist Kathy Acker's edgy, image-filled prose.

KU junior Samara Naeymi, Overland Park, will play the role of Lulu. Scenic, costume and makeup design for the show is by Aaron Dyszelski, Milwaukee, Wis., graduate student. The lighting design is by Jennifer Luck, Birmingham, Ala., graduate student. Ybarra and her cast have created sound design and choreography. Matt Jacobson, assistant professor of theater and film, directed the film sequences used in the drama.

"Lulu" is an associate entry in the 36th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Because the production contains very strong adult subject matter, strong language, gunshots and smoking, it is recommended for audiences 16 and older.

A talk-back with the director, the cast and a panel of KU faculty will take place immediately after the Thursday performance.


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