Willamette University Theatre Presents: "Speaking Names"

Willamette University Theatre is pleased to present a student performance project, "Speaking Names."

"Speaking Names" combines prose, poetry, and song into a theatrical presentation of events from the history of Willamette University as seen through the eyes of the playwright, Willamette senior Sarah Johnson. The play includes stories of three Willamette presidents, the myths and culture of the Kalapuyan tribes native to the area, and two college newspaper editors fighting with student government about freedom of speech.

The play will be presented as a staged reading. The ensemble cast includes Jenna Ciralli, Bracken Killpack, Michael Lowery, Carrie McIntyre, Esperanza Plath, and Duncan Robertson, each in multiple roles.

The reading will preview in Cone Chapel Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. Evening readings will be held Nov. 2 and 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Montag Amphitheatre, weather permitting, and a matinee will be held in Cone Chapel Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, both Montag readings will be held in Cone Chapel. There will be a discussion with the actors, crew, and playwright directly after each reading.

Admission is free. Seating is limited. For more information, please contact Suzanne Kersh at 503-370-6222.