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Dark Comedy, Drama and a Musical Highlight U of I Fall Theatre Season

September 12, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — Sept. 12, 2019 — From a surreal dark comedy to a comedic drama and a Broadway musical, the University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts’ fall 2019 season covers new and classic theatrical ground.

The fall season opens Friday, Sept. 27, with the dark comedy “Drowning Ophelia” in the Shoup Hall Pocket Playhouse, 1028 W. Sixth St., Moscow. The one-act performance addresses the long-term consequences of childhood abuse and acts as a love letter to those who have suffered from it. On stage through Oct. 6, it asks the question, “How do you move on when reconciliation is not an option?” “Drowning Ophelia” is for mature audiences.

It is written by Rachel Luann Strayer, who will be in attendance at the Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 evening performances, and directed by Master of Fine Arts candidate Carly McMinn.

Tickets for the Northwest premiere of “Drowning Ophelia” are on sale now and available by calling the Department of Theatre Arts at 208-885-6465.

Other plays in the 2019 fall season include:

Oct. 18-27: “This Random World” by Steven Dietz, Forge Theater, 404 Sweet Ave., Moscow: Mining the comedy of missed connections, "This Random World" explores how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. The play is directed by U of I Performance Professor David Lee-Painter.

Dec. 6 -15: “Little Women (the Musical),” book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Hartung Theater, 625 Stadium Drive, Moscow: Based on the beloved classic book by Louisa May Alcott. "Little Women" follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March and is filled with laughter, tears and a lifting of the spirit. It is directed by Master of Fine Arts candidate Ricky Kimball.

U of I students get in free to all performances and matinees are “pay what you can” pricing.

Ticket information for “Drowning Ophelia” and “This Random World”:

  • $6 for high school students, students from other schools and youth
  • $12 for U of I employees, members of the military and senior citizens 55 and older
  • $17 for adults

Tickets for “Little Women (the Musical)”:

  • $6 for high school students, students from other schools and youth
  • $17 for U of I employees, members of the military and senior citizens 55 and older
  • $22 for adults

More information on the season is available by contacting the Department of Theatre Arts at 208-885-6465 or

Media Contact

Kelly O’Neill
U of I Department of Theatre Arts

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