The Stage Company in association with WSIU presents:
Miller and the Jabberwock
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”
from “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll
We’re featuring the work of local, award-winning playwright and Emeritus professor of playwrighting at SIUC, David Rush, in this gripping and timely play which explores echoes of the Holocaust in the modern world. Miller and the Jabberwock tells the story of controversial political science professor Dr. Fred Miller. Miller has been accused of anti-Semitism by an undergraduate and, after his class is taken away, he takes action to get it-and his reputation-back. The play also features well-known local actor Kim Curlee in the lead role.
Written by David Rush
Directed by Elyse Pineau. Elyse Pineau is a retired professor of Communication Studies at SIUC where her stagework included adapting and directing novels for the Marion Kleinau Theatre, staging new student plays with the Playwright’s Workshop, and touring her original one person shows around the country.
February 10-12 and 17-19
Miller and the Jabberwock plays at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.
The Varsity Center, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale, Illinois
Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased online any time at www.stagecompany.org. Beginning Friday, February 3, tickets can be purchased at The Varsity Center box office, 418 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and one hour before performances. Call 549-5466 to order tickets online or for more information.
About the play:
Fred Miller, a senior professor at a Midwestern university, has been charged with anti-semitism in his classroom by a student who is a holocaust descendant. The University is holding a hearing today to see whether or not Miller should be removed from his class. We follow him through the course of this decisive day as he examines his life and career. The play gets its name from the fact that before Miller’s day starts, he has a dream in which he is fighting with the Jabberwock from Lewis Carroll’s well-known poem.