Baylor Theatre Sets The Stage For "Woman In Mind"

Feb. 3, 2004

by April K. Martin, Student Newswriter

Baylor Theatre will present Alan Ayckbourn's dark comedy, "Women in Mind," beginning at 8 p.m. Feb 5-7 and Feb. 12-14. A matinee will run at 2 p.m. Feb. 8 and 15, in Jones Theatre in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.

Playwright Alan Ayckbourn takes a comedic approach on the dark tale of a woman who, due to an accidental blow to the head, deals with her mental ambivalence of reality and fantasy. In a hallucinogenic state, the woman loses much of her mental stability and begins to live in a world of dillusion.

Director Terrence Zeeman says the play should leave the audience laughing and thinking "about the unsung heroes called women." Visiting professor Zeeman says the play allows the audience to think about the women in our lives "who might be hurting and we don't know it."

The play offers a deep and serious message tied with a comical aura which will leave audiences entertained and captivated. Zeeman said, "Of course you're laughing while at the same time poking yourself in the rib saying, why are you laughing."

Alan Ayckbourn is the second most produced playwright (William Shakespeare is the first) with an abundance of awards, including the Evening Standard Best Play Award, Variety Club of Great Britain Playwright of the Year Award, and in 2000, he received a Tony for Best Play with "Bedroom Farce."

Tickets are $10 for the general public and students receive a $2 discount with a student I.D. Tickets are available in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center box office. For more information, contact the department of theater arts at 710-1861.

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