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Christopher Durung's play The
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ironic project for Robin Whiteside,
director of this week's HJSi C I. ab
Theatre production, when she laced the
unusual situation of having to cast a
new person in the leading role just over
a week before the show's opening Oct.
Due to a physcial injury. Whiteside
said, the original lead actor was not
physically or emotionally up for the
part. To compensate for this loss.
Whiteside cast Roderick Cameron, who
had originally played two smaller parts,
into the leading role and then filled his
two positions with people who had
previously auditioned for her.
The changes in cast left only the three
women in the play in their original roles.
Whiteside said that because of this a
completely different play developed
from the one they had been working
on for the past four weeks .
Parade to start at Connor
The Homecoming parade will start
today at 3 p.m. on Raleigh Road in
front of Connor dormitory. The parade
route will take it from there to Franklin
Street, Columbia Street, South Road,
Stadium Drive and will end at the
Ramshead parking lot, where there will
be a pep rally.
5:09 p.m. Carolina Committee on Central
America hosting Rice and
Beans Film Festival until 9:00
p.m. with dinner and 3 films on
Central America, in 211-212
Union. Admission is $3.00.
7:00 p.m. Inter-Varsity Christian Fellow
ship - Off Campus meeting at
Chapel Hill Bible Church. Rus
sell McGraw will speak on
"Homosexuality." All are
8:00 p.m. Carolina Athletic Association
reminds everyone that Come
dian Steven Wright will help ;
UNC celebrate Homecoming
1985, in Memorial Hall. Tickets
still available. -
Donate plasma and
study while you help
Monday, Oct. 28
Tickets are now available for both Blue-White basketball games
as well as the exhibition against the Greek National Team.
Blue-White 1 will be held on Saturday, October 26th after the
Florida State football game. Blue-White 2 taps off after the
Clemson football game on November 9th. The exhibition against
the Green National Team will be played on Saturday evening,
November 16th. All games will be played in Carmichael.
Students can pick up their tickets at Carmichael from 8:30 AM to
4:30 PM. Additional guest passes will also be available for all of
the above mentioned games. Please have your UNC I.D. card
and athletic pass with you. We expect these games to be total
sellouts and therefore urge you to get your tickets early.
"lis ironic that it is called an actors
nightmare.' said Whiteside, a senior
from Asheville.! cannot help but think
that it is fascinating for the actors to .
work with what amounts to a new show
a week before it opens."
1 Whiteside said that the changes
would add more of a push to the play,
which deals with the comical aspect of
a man facing a performance in a play
for which he does not know the lines.
The play shows what happens when a
man dressed in pajamas suddenly finds
himself involved with characters he has
never seen before in an ever changing
performance of plays that he has not
"It's the classic nightmare you have
of being on stage and you don't know
your lines, Whiteside said. "People are
looking at you for some sort of
entertainment or meaning or something
and all of a sudden you are failing."
Whiteside said that Durang's play
was unique because it took this concept
and multiplied it by a thousand. "Not
only is this guy on stage, but he's not
even an actor he's an accountant,"
she said. "It's just a big cosmic joke that
someone somewhere is playing on this
Cameron, a freshman who now plays
the lead, said that he did not find the
transition from playing the minor
characters to becoming the lead diffi
cult. He said that he learned the part
very quickly because he had become so
familiar with it during rehearsals.
"At first I was seeing the part
completely from the outside," Cameron
said. Ml was not having to think about
it at all. 1 was just reacting to it which
helped a lot."
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Cameron said that seeing the role
performed by someone else had made
him more critical of his own perfor
mance. "1 had to criticize myself much
more because I had seen what someone
else's efforts had produced."
Whiteside, who had performed in a
production of the play at UNC-G when
she was a student there, said that
comparing the play before and after the
cast changes was like comparing apples
and oranges. She said that, although
she knew the play and knew what she
was looking for, all of that changed with
bringing in new cast members.
Serena Ebhardt, one of the members
of the cast who has remained in the
same role throughout the cast changes,
said that the play dealt with a common
experience that everyone had. "We all
have had this dream where we are in
a situation, possibly on stage, that we
are totally unprepared for,'' said
Ebhardt, a sophomore from Raleigh.
"It's a tragic situation that when looked
back upon is kind of comical."
Whiteside said that she hoped to
bring out this kind of dark humor
without relying on funny bits, such as
people tripping on stage, or the use of
slapstick. She uses minimal stage props
and some lighting for effect. "What 1
tried to do is bring out the comedy of
the situation and of the characters," she
said. "In other words, I'm directing it
straight and the comedy hopefully will
come from the words that Durang wrote
down and the people will speak."
The Actor's Nightmare will be per
formed by the UNC Lab Theatre
Sunday and Monday at 4 and 8 p.m.
in 06 Graham Memorial Hall.
7 DAYS A WEEK
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Rub if in
Tuesday, Oct. 29
Wright's dead -
By SALLY PONT
What short paragraphs are to
journalism, Steven Wright is to
comedy. His choppy, flat delivery is
so dead-pan that it might compel
Robert Young to switch to caffei
nated coffee, but the jokes are
deceptively simple. Packed , into
every low-key one-liner are the
cerebral wordplay and intellectual
flights of fancy that are making
Steven Wright famous.
You've seen him on The Tonight
Shcm you've seen him on Late Night
with David Letterman, and youU see
him at Homecoming. So Homecom
ing is a bit of a nonsequitor. He
might not get it either, but the sheer
weirdness of it will be just his style.
- Like Bob Hope before him. he makes
non-sequitors a part of his act. In
an hour onstage he does 1 75 random
jokes that go something like this:
"The first time 1 ever read the
dictionary, I thought it was a poem
"One day I was stopped by a
. policeman for speeding. He said,
don't you know the speed limit's 55
miles an hour? I told him I'm not
going to be out that long.
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Tonight, October 25, 1985 at 8:00 pm
Memorial Hall UNC-CH
All Seats Reserved $12.50
Tickets go on sale for UNC-CH STUDENTS ONLY at
Noon on Monday and Tuesday, October 14 & 15
at the Film Auditorium Box Office in Carolina
Union. Available to the General Public starting
Wednesday, October 16 at the
Franklin St. Record Bar
pan humor deceptively simple
"A lot of people are afraid of
heights. I'm afraid of widths."
Whether the jokes are funny ha
ha or funny strange, the fact of the
matter is, they're just funny. It's hard
to believe that all this came out of
stage fright. The first time Wright
performed, at the Comedy Connec
tion in his hometown of Boston, he
was so scared that he simply lost all
expression. The combination of his
insane material and the expression
less delivery worked so well that that
he's kept it up ever since.
It's not hard to believe that he
started out as a painter when he was
in school. He was painting abstract
and surreal images that he simply
translated into words when he
started making jokes. As he describes
them, most of his jokes are like
"I live in a house powered by static
electricity. You use the blender, we
have to rub balloons on our heads."
He studied radio at Emerson
College in Boston, and received a
liberal arts degree. He actually
intended to go into radio, but at the
last moment decided to go put West
and ski for a few months. When he
came back, he decided to give
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comedy a try. He "didn't have an
apartment or a girlfriend. 1 had
nothing to lose. 1 thought I might
as well try it now. I didn't want to
be 50 years old selling insurance and
wondering what would have hap
pened if 1 tried."
Wright had wanted to be a comic
since he was seventeen, but he wasn't
sure whether it was his style. Wright
describes himself as an introvert. He
would be the last person at a party
to put a lampshade on his head. Still
he's always had that odd stuff
running through his head. It just
took stage-fright his own natural
shyness to make his humor come
Awkward, flat, weird, abstract
these words don't capture the excel
lence of Wright's humor. Maybe the
words don't exist. There's no one
quite like the fellow on this planet,
which leaves Wright's origin up to
"I got a postcard from a friend.
It was one of those satellite pictures
of the entire earth, and on the back
he wrote, "Wish you were here."
Steven Wright will perform at 8
tonight in Memorial Hall.
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