The Daily Tar Heel Tuesday, October 15, 19853
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UNC's Interpreters Theatre will present an
adaptation of Murphy's XMas, a short story by
Mark Costello. in 203 Bingham Hall. The production
opens tonight and will run for two nights.
The Interpreters Theatre, a free theatre associated
w ith the department of speech communication, utilizes
undergraduates from the Readers Theatre class to
perform works of literature on stage. This production,
which has only black boxes for stage props, relies
on a narrator to create the mood and develop the
story for the characters.
Director Rachael Quitta, a graduate student from
Smithville, Texas, described Murphy's XMas as a
non traditional Christmas story. She said Costello's
work, which is set during the Christmas holidays, dealt
with a man caught between pressures from his family,
from being raised Catholic, and from pursuing his
44 Murphy is caught up in trying to break away from
family pressures and do his own thing," Quitta said.
"The plot is quite complex, and that is one of the
reasons I chose to do an adaptation. In performance,
fiction is made clearer."
The narrator talks through the events ;n Murphy's
life during his Christmas holiday, allowing the
characters to illustrate and accentuate the actions that
are described. With the use of few props, the words
used create the scenes.
Elaine Shen, a senior from Winston Salem in
charge of publicity for the show, said this production
of Murphy's XMas was working with a metaphor
as Murphy, who is caught between his wife and son
and his love for another woman, struggles to deal
with tradition. She said that, because of this, the
performance incorporates a great deal of tension.
"There is incredible tension especially in the love
and sex scenes," Shen said. "You keep waiting for
the characters to touch each other, but they never
Quitta said the production relied on suggestion
rather than literalism. "I work with bodies more than
grand sceneries." ;
Quitta said the most difficult part of the production
for her was trying to match the performance with
the story in its fullest sense. "It is difficult to try to
summarize a story without reducing it, but in
interpretation we study literature by performing it,"
she said. "We are interested m the illumination of
. Shen said that the Interpreters Theatre was the
antithesis to the Broadway musical. "There are usually
no props, no special effects, and usually no music
during the production, whereas Broadway is all
fanfare," she said.
Murphy's XMas is the second of four productions
the Interpreters Theatre will perform this semester.
The first production was J.D, Sallinger's One Hand
Murphy's X-Mas will be performed by UNC
Interpreters Theatre Tuesday and Wednesday at 8
p.m. in 203 Bingham.
By PEGGIE PORTER
Spring Break is famous for the
homage paid to the sun and unlimited
fun in places like Fort Lauderdale.
Thanksgiving is a pilgrimage home for
food and family reunions. Christmas
vacation, though interrupted by ski trips
and parties, is another family holiday.
So where does Fall Break fit? There
is no Fall Break tree to decorate, the
beaches are desolate and the turkey still
Arriving after midterms, Fall Break
is a uniquely college experience. For
many students, it's primarily a time to
relax and forget about school for a few
"It's a time you can get a lot of things
done," said Bryce Lankard, a senior
RTVMP major from Matthews. Lank
ard has stayed in Chapel Hill for Fall
Break in past years, but plans this year
something a bit more exotic.
"I'm going to Boston to rendezvous
with my girlfriend and see the Head of
the Charles (a crew regatta)," Lankard
said. Lankard will drive to Washington,
D.C., where he will catch a flight to
Despite this year's plane crashes and
hijackings, he said he was not worried
"I'm traveling with a lame puppy,"
Lankard said, "and I'm more worried
about getting separated from the dog
than about crashing or getting
According to a representative fcr
Chapel Hill's Circle Travel, most people
share Lankard's confidence about
"Of course, there's always a certain
segment of the population that's going
to be affected by news like that," she
said. She said plane reservations had
The weekend of Fall Break (Oct. 18
to 22), however, is not particularly busy
for air travel, she said.
, Airfares are. lower than they were at
the same time last year, the represen
tative said, if a person is able to adhere
to certain restrictions, such as making
reservations 30 days in advance.
. "For instance, you can fly to Cali
fornia roundtrip for as little as $258."
At Small World Travel in Chapel
Hill, a representative said fares might
increase in March, when air travel
increases, but that they cost about the
same now as they had last year at this
time. She also said very few people were
afraid to fly.
Catharine Eberhart isnt afraid to fly,
but she's homesick; that's why she will
drive the three hours to her hometown
of Charlottesville, Va. .
"I spent the summer at Nag's Head
and had a blast," Eberhart said, "but
I haven't been home since June. ItH bf
great because 111 get to see all my friends
who go to U Va and go to all my favorite
Tom Brazelton, a junior psychology
major from Cambridge, Mass., plans
to drive "way, way out to northwestern
North Carolina" with friends to kayak
the Nantahala River.
And plenty of students, such as
Stewart Gray, are waiting to. see what
opens up. Gray is a senior English and
RTVMP major from Huntersville.
"I wouldn't rule out the possibility
of flying," Gray said, "with all the cheap
fares and everything, and so many great
places to go." '
Gray said he might drive to Athens,
Ga., '.to hear live music in clubs, "but
it's all still up in the air." '
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By ELIZABETH ELLEN
If Sunday's performance by the Louisville Ballet
in Memorial Hall was a three-course meal, the diner
would have been well-advised to skip the appetizer
and wait for the main course and dessert. A rather
uninspired interpretation of a Balanchine ballet
preceded more impressive numbers in the performance
sponsored by the Triangle Dance Guild.
Unfortunately, the first work of the evening, Allegro
Brillante, did not live up to its name. Lack of brilliance
was the major flaw in the company's interpretation
of the Balanchine dance set to a Tchaikovsky piano
concerto. The dancing was not bad, but polished style
fully stretched lines, impeccable ensemble, effortless
motion was missing. The female members of the
cofp&ek'ballet had -distracting and -inappropriate facial
expfessiWs. -They grinned - like high school girls in ;
cheerleader tryouts. The piece did contain some
graceful sections, though, most notably when the lead
female dancer Diane Downes executed pointe
sequences and combinations of turns.
The American ballet Billy the Kid showed the
company to much greater advantage. Eugene Loring's
clever choreography allowed the dancers to create rich
characterizations. Movements representing playing
cards, riding horses, and performing rope tricks were
well-executed and made the storyline easy to follow.
Clark Reid gave an exceptional performance as Billy,
allowing his character's sensitivity to show through
the Kid's violent arrogance.
The. work was framed by an opening and closing
parade of characters across the.tage. The choreo
graphy of the parade sequences captured the harshness;
of frontier life; arid implied a moral to the story along
the lines of "Life goes on in the West."
The evening ended with an extremely enjoyable
tribute to Judy Garland entitled The Judy Dances.
Diane Downes annd the male members of the
ensemble opened the section in a manner reminiscnt
of Garland's famous tuxedo number. The only
problem with this staging was that any imitation of
the original show-stopping number was doomed to
pale in comparison, he performers moved easily
through a series of six jazzy dances, from a sultry
"The Man That Got Away," to the upbeat "I Love
a Piano," to the bluesy "Stormy Weather." The last
section, "Get Happy," ended the number with style. .
The entire collection of dances was fun for both the
audience and the performers.
While the dancing was not consistently great, there
were exciting moments scattered throughout the
evening. The company showed its strength as it
performed character pieces such as Billy and accessible
jazzy pieces? such " as Judyhari,B more than ' in their
interpretation ' of 'neo-classical 'works like 'Allegro.
Sunday's performance, while not transcendent, was
full of memorable dancing.
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Ransby said that education about
South Africa was a high priority for
"We're having a big education cam
paign," she said. "There is some
awareness, but people don't have a sense
of history of what's been going on in
South Africa as well as information
about the struggle itself."
Ransby said although most univer
sities tried to profit from their invest
ments, their greater responsibility was
to divest their funds.
"They have a higher responsibilty to
young students to live up to the
principles upon which they are based,"
she said. "If they were based on profit,
they could all open up gambling
Universities should be responsible for
their investment actions, Ransby said.
"If you consider yourself a moral
investor, then you have to consider the
situation in South Africa," she said. ,
The University of Wisconsin at
Madison has already divested its funds
and is now concerned with getting the
state to divest, said Heather Ritchie, a
member of the Wisconsin Student
"Our university divested in 1978 from
all U.S. businesses in South Africa," she
said. "Our concentration is not at the
university level at all. They're out of
South Africa, but the state is not. We're
now concentrating on state policy.
WeVe had sit-ins at the capitol for two
Ritchie said neither the university nor
the state administration seemed pleased
with students' protest activities.
"Our assistant student dean was
quoted as saying our demonstrations
were disruptive activity," she said. "The
legislators are very opposed to what we
are doing and very angry."
Ritchie said protesting investment in
South Africa at a state level is hard
Ritchie said there was a Wisconsin
statute that required university admin
istrators to make sound investments.
University officials used the clause as
an excuse not to divest until a state
attorney said otherwise, she said.
Ritchie said universities interested in
divestment had to involve the admin
istration since protests alone would not
"You might try to have an educa
tional forum with the administration
present and ask them politely 'Why are
we in South Africa? she said. "Or you
might challenge them to a debate."
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By JENNY ALBRIGHT
Upstairs 159th, formerly Purdy's,
is acquiring both a new name and
a new image.
The new name will be announced
' Thursday after the results of a name
change contest have been compiled.
During the week-long contest, stu
dents submitted entry forms that
contained suggested names and
other comments for the club. C:
Jeff Pierce, club manager and
UNC graduate, said the name
change is meant to create a new
image for the club and also to get
input from students.
"We're open to suggestions from
students at all times because this is
their club," he said.
Purdy's, a private club that opened
in 1979 at 159'2 E. Franklin St., was
the first place in Chapel Hill to have
liquor by the drink. Upstairs 159th,
which is now owned by Consolidated
Entertainment, is open to the general
public and serves only beer.
The club will soon become private
again, Pierce said. Reduced-price
memberships went on sale Oct. 10,
and students purchasing member
ships ahead of time will avoid a 30
day waiting period.
There are several reasons for J 59th
reverting to a private club. Pierce
said. "We want to be able to offer
full service to sell liquor and
you can't do that unless you either
sell 51 percent food or you are a
Although 159th is doing well now
and is financially stable, Pierce said
the sale of liquor would further boost
profits and also give customers a
wider selection of drinks.
"As far as prices go, we're going
to keep the students in mind," he
said. "We're not trying to aim it
towards an older crowd. We're a
college bar that's a private club. Our
prices will be more tailored to fit the
Consolidated Entertainment, who
also owned Elliot's Nest, a dance
club at Eastgate Shopping Center,
had stopped serving liquor because
they were not ready to put a lot of
money into something they were
uncertain about, Pierce said. "They
were not sure whether they wanted
to sell it (the club), fix. it up again
or what," he said. "The basic idea '
is to remodel, restore this place to
what it was before and better."
There have been no major reno
vations of additions since the estab
lishment first opened, Pierce said.
A new dance floor, an additional
sit-down bar, new furniture and
pictures of UNC star athletes are
several changes that will be made.
Pierce said that rather than close
down to renovate all at once, the club
would be adding something new
every week or so. He also plans to
add members to the staff, he said.
"It's going to be a place where
people can get dressed up to go out
. . . where you can take a date and
go dancing," Pierce said. "We have
the only dance floor in Chapel Hill."
Senior trip meeting held today
An information meeting about senior
class trips will be held today from 8:30
to 9:30 p.m. in Room 205 of the Student
Union. Brochures and applications for
the trips will be available.
The trips will be a week-long stay at
Ft. Lauderdale and Disneyworld and
a cruise to Key West, Cancun and
Cozumel. There are spaces for 100
people on the cruise and for 92 on the
trip to Ft. Lauderdale. Both trips will
be during Spring Break.
Applications for the trips can be
picked up at the senior class office in
room 216-B of the Student Union
between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The initial $25 deposit for either trip
is due between Oct. 23 and Nov. 1 at
the senior class office. The Ft. Laud
erdale trip will cost $295 with four
people to a room. The cruise will cost
Until Nov. 1, only seniors may sign
up for the trips. After that, underclass
men may sign up also.
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Cect S?sfo IxJrcvcgsnss: All Day long at Carolina Pride at 151
Franklin St. is Delta Upsilon Day. 20 c3 the days profit will go to
The American Cancer Society in the name of Delta Upsilon.
Thursday night at 8:00 pm an AH Ccmpus Pcrty with
Robbin Thompson will be held outside at the A House followed
by a night with C7IC5. (Pizza will be sold by the slice with
proceeds going to The American Cancer Society). Ail this week
you can buy your Beat State Shirts either from a AT
Representative or at Carolina Pride in Downtown Chapel Hill.
Carolina Pride would like to congratulate Kappa Sigma for their
successful Backyard B-Ball Classic benefitting The American
Cancer Society and also Sigma Chi for their successful Derby
Days benefitting the Frankielemmon Memorial Pro-School.
Carolina Pride co-sponsored both of these events as well as
printing the T-shirts for them and the AT's.
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