October 2 - 6, 2002

The University Theatre presents

The Marriage of Bette & Boo

by Christopher Durang

Original Music by Richard Peaslee

Cindy Gendrich

Set Designer
Mary Wayne-Thomas

Costume Designer
Lisa Weller

Lighting Designer
Frank Ludwig

Sound Designer
Cindy Gendrich

Stage Manager
Susan Martin*



Julia Schmidt*

Chrissy Davis*

Jonathan Horvath*

Kate Lambert*

Melissa Jones*

Cary Donaldson*

Pip Rinehart*

Meg McKee*

Scotty Candler*

Lee Norris*

Matt Gutschick

Alexandra Kejner

* Member of The Anthony Aston Players


Technical Director
Trevor Anderson

Costume Shop Supervisor
Lisa Weller

Audience Services Coordinator

Leslie Collins

Assistant Stage Managers
Everett Long*, Rosanna Hurt

Scene Shop Assistants
Patrick Brennan, Joseph Bumgarner,
Melissa Gervasio, Erika Libero, Matthew Meany, Sean O'Brien,
Katy Slavin, Jonathan Watkins*

Scenic Crew

Grey Casey, Vince Chillura

Prop Master
Susan Martin*

Scenic Artist

Kim Dedo

Paint Crew
Tera Call, Emily Culp, Swathi Eyyunni, Bryn Mumma, Keith Stanley, Cathy Sutej, Jon Updike, Jen Vaughn, Lisa Whitaker

Supervisor Meredith Ransom

Costume Studio Assistants

Rachel Baxley, Katie Delsandro,
Meredith Ducz*, Sarah Guthrie, Andrea Leutz,Loren Sasser, Julia Schmidt*, Matt Tomko

Hair Stylist

Cambra Overend*

Master Electrician

Madeline Smith*

Electrics Crew
Lacy Godwin, Mark Holt,
Katherine Niemiec, Daniel Rogers, Sebring Sierra

Mark Chilson, Todd English

Light Board Operator
Julie Kirstein

Sound Board Operator

Nicole Simon

Assistant Lighting Designer
Jacob Lyles

Sound Coordinator
Jonathan Christman

Assistant Sound Coordinator
George Graves*, Moira Dennis*

Dance Choreographer

Meg McKee*

Poster Design
Frank Ludwig

Bill Ray III, Leslie Collins, Frank Ludwig

Webpage Photography
Jonathan Christman

Emily Apple, Lauren Beyer,
Margaret Bussman, Karin Coetzee, Vincent Cole, John Garippa, Marisa Kinsey, Jonathan McHugh,
Julie McKenna, Caroline Raach,
Ashley Smith, Elizabeth Stump

Box Office & Front of House Staff Rebecca Boswell, Melanie Clear,
Alannah DiBona, Sarah Foley, Cara Lee,Everett Long*, Jonathan Loudin,
Jacob Morris, Esther Pesciotta

* Member of The Anthony Aston Players


Stewart and Selina Carter
Green Street Methodist Church
Coliseum Eye Associates
Winston-Salem Little Theatre
Rev. Jude DeAngelo, O.S.F.
Woodrow Hood
Dr. Peter Weigl
Leah Roy
Robert Simpson


A word of warning:

Though Christopher Durang is widely regarded as one of the funniest writers of his generation, he has never been popular with the faint of heart. So, if you're here for a gentle evening of civilized discourse, you might be in the wrong place. If, on the other hand, you have a wicked sense of humor and a willingness to question our most sacred institutions, you should be in for a fun-and sometimes moving-ride.

Durang has called The Marriage of Bette and Boo his favorite of all his plays, and I share his affection for the piece. Sure, I share with him a distaste for rigid gender roles and authoritarian dogma, but mainly I love the play because it makes me laugh at the same time that it takes me close to tears. Like Chekhov, who you'll have the chance to enjoy later in the season with John Friedenberg's production of The Cherry Orchard, Durang weaves together the tragic and the comic with great skill. I believe this duality is a natural part of human life, and it's certainly a part of the sources he draws on in Bette & Boo-among them family life, religious questioning, and the novels of Thomas Hardy.
Durang, who raised the ire of American Catholics with his controversial play, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You, is at it again in Bette & Boo, as Father Donnelly's insensitivity, racism, and lack of flexibility make him a problematic spiritual guide for the title characters. Ultimately, though, I find this a very forgiving play that in the end makes room for love and even religion, at the same time that it raises important ideological questions. Durang notes that some people have dismissed this play as too angry, and responds, "I don't agree with them and feel they may be denying something I've found to be true: that unless you go through all the genuine angers you feel, both justified and unjustified, the feelings of love that you do have will not have any legitimate base and will be at least partially false. Plus, eventually you will go crazy."
Maybe being okay with the lunacy in our families is as simple as admitting that our lives are all a little crazy-that the world is sometimes incomprehensible and insane-and that sometimes the best we can do is to laugh-or cry-or both.

In any case, I hope this evening in the theatre reminds you to think often and fondly of the people in your own families-traditional or untraditional, sane or otherwise.


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