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March 7, 1997

ISU Theatre's second stage production runs March 21-23

by Dean Fiihr, News Service intern
Sorrow, fury and hope fill the stage in the next ISU Theatre Second Stage production, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.

The play revolves around two strangers who meet late one night in a bar and fall in love. Roberta is a divorced, guilt-ridden woman whose son is under the care of her parents; Danny is a brooding, self-loathing man who resorts more to violence than reason.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea is the first Iowa State production of a play by John Patrick Shanley, who also wrote the screenplays for Moonstruck and Joe vs. the Volcano. Shanley is one of the most frequently produced playwrights in the United States.

Cara Peterson, a senior in speech communication, directs the play. Peterson directed last season's Keely and Du and appeared as Queen Gertrude in Hamlet and Fortinbras.

"Danny and the Deep Blue Sea is about two people with nothing; no hope, no future, no purpose," Peterson said. "But by the end of the play, they find the possibilities of these things in each other."

In the lead roles, Erin Baal, a senior in performing arts and a veteran of The Taming of the Shrew and The Black Cross, plays opposite Patrick Wolfe, a senior in speech communication, who most recently appeared as King Claudius in Hamlet and Fortinbras.

Brian Swanson, a sophomore in genetics and performing arts, is the scenic designer, and Ray Steveson, a junior in computer science and performing arts, is the lighting designer.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, in Fisher Theater. Tickets are $4.75 and available at the Iowa State Center box office, all TicketMaster outlets or at the door.

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