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April 18, 2003

Play explores family relations

by Debra Gibson
Patrick Gouran, longtime member of the university theater faculty, will star in ISU Theatre's final production of the academic year, I Never Sang For My Father.

Under the direction of fellow theater faculty member Jane Cox, the Robert Anderson script focuses primarily on the acrimonious relationship between a thirtysomething widower and his elderly father. Gouran portrays the family's patriarch; Kevin Geiken, a junior from Hampton, has been cast as his son. Des Moines actress Kim Grimaldi appears as the men's wife and mother, respectively.

"We have such a great cast," Cox said, "Patrick and I have worked together many times over the years, and we both just fall into our specific roles for each production. The wonderful thing about Kevin as an actor is that he's able to express so many moods and nuances; he's very sensitive to the issues presented in the play.

"The script is such a wonderful look at family life," she explained. "It explores each of the characters in a three-dimensional way. You find out things about each that are very admirable, as well as things that would be good if they could change. I think a lot of people will walk out saying, 'That's my family.'"

The play will be performed in Fisher Theater at 7:30 p.m. April 24, 25 and 26, and at 2 p.m. on April 27. Tickets ($11 general admission, with some discounts) are available at the Iowa State Center box office or by calling 4-3347.

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