Apr 6, 2006    #036
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UMKC Theatre Presents Tale of Perception and Truth in Stephen Belber’s “Tape”

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) Theatre Department presents Stephen Belber’s “Tape,” a story of intriguing reminiscence between old high school friends. Previews begin March 18 with performances starting March 22.

The setting is a motel room in Lansing, Mich., where Jon’s first film is being screened and where he and Vince went to high school together 10 years ago. Jon, poised for his big break, appears to have done the most with his life since he and Vince graduated. Vince, however, works as a volunteer fireman and drug dealer in California, and is still hung-up on losing Amy, his high school girlfriend, to Jon.

The play unfolds with both men replaying the events surrounding their graduation, and Vince attempts to pry the truth from Jon, a truth that involves Amy, who just happens to be the assistant district attorney in Lansing. As the memories surface and Jon’s darker side is revealed, the stakes climb higher in this tale of motive, perception and truth.

“Tape” will be directed by Joseph Price, associate professor of acting and directing, founding member of A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago and the Oasis Theatre Company in Buffalo. Price has directed “Blue/Orange,” “The Cripple of Inishmaan” and “Bright Ideas.” He choreographed fights for Riverside Shakespeare’s production of “Macbeth” and acted in the Missouri Repertory Theatre’s “Indian Ink.” Price is engaged in a number of outreach projects in Kansas City, including work with the American Red Cross and the AIDS Council of Greater Kansas City.

All performances will be in Studio 116 of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students. For tickets contact the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222 or log onto (see Playbill).

Previews Saturday, Mar. 18 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 19 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Mar. 21 7:30 p.m.

Opens Wednesday, Mar. 22 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Mar. 23 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 24 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 25 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May. 26 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Mar. 29 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Mar. 30 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 31 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Apr. 1 7:30 p.m.

Closes Sunday, Apr. 2 2:00 p.m.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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