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Special Benefit Performance of ‘This Random World’ Staged Jan. 25

January 17, 2020

MOSCOW, Idaho — Jan. 17, 2020 ­— The University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts’ production of “This Random World” is one of three plays invited to the Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). To raise money to restage the show in Fort Collins, Colorado, in February, a special benefit performance will be held at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Hartung Theater, 625 Stadium Drive, Moscow. Admission is by donation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The cast and crew will perform at KCACTF on Wednesday, Feb. 19. “This Random World” was selected as an example of outstanding college theatre in the region, which includes the states of Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Colorado and northern parts of California and Nevada.

“Being selected to present this show to more than 1,200 people is such a great honor,” said Robert Caisley, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts. “It increases the visibility of the University of Idaho to prospective students and colleagues at peer institutions and helps share our outstanding theatre program with the region.”

“This Random World” was originally staged at the University of Idaho in October 2019. Directed by U of I Professor David Lee-Painter and alumnus Daniel L. Haley ’06, the show mines the comedy of missed connections, coincidence and human foibles. Funny, intimate and heartbreaking, “This Random World" explores how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing.

The play features a cast and crew of more than 30 U of I students and community members, including alumni Haley, Ariana Burns ’09, ’12 and Nancy Lee-Painter ’01. Also joining them on stage is Emeritus Professor Forrest Sears, whose four-minute cameo in Oct. 2019 was the first time the former UofI professor had been on stage in 46 years.

Tickets for the Jan. 25, benefit performance can be reserved by calling 208-885-6465 or emailing or at the door 60 minutes before curtain.

Media Contact

Kelly O’Neill
Department of Theatre Arts

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