W theatre presents ‘Still Life with Iris’
Mississippi University for Women’s Department of Theatre presents its spring production, “Still Life with Iris.” Performances will be Friday, April 14 at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Cromwell Communication Building.
Enter the enchanting land of Nocturno, where a young girl’s quest for home takes center stage in “Still Life with Iris.” A captivating, whimsical adventure awaits as Iris, a spirited girl, unravels the mystery of her stolen past. In a world where memories are woven into coats and daybreak’s wonders are crafted under the moon, Iris must navigate an extraordinary journey to reclaim her true identity.
“The cast has pulled together to make this remarkable story come to life, and we are so excited to share it. This has been a massive team effort, and everyone has worked hard, juggling, school, work and family schedules – I couldn’t be more grateful,” said director Kathy Newman.
“Still Life with Iris,” winner of the Kennedy Center for New American Plays Award, is a theatre for youth play that centers on a little girl’s search for the simplest of things: home. Iris lives with her mom in the magical land of Nocturno where everything one sees in the world by day is made there at night.
In Nocturno, people’s memories are not kept in their minds but in their coats (“PastCoats”). The rulers of Nocturno, the Great Goods, who are determined to have the “best” of everything take Iris away from her home and bring her to the Great Island to be their new “best” daughter. The Good’s take away her Past Coat, erasing all Iris’ memories of home. What remains is a single button, and using this button, Iris sets out on a quest to find her home. With the help of the magical people she meets along the way, she frees herself from the Great Goods and returns home to Nocturno.
The performance is suitable for audiences of all ages. General admission is $10. Student tickets are $5.
For more information or tickets, please call (662) 329-7354 or visit muw.edu/theatre
The W’s Department of Theatre provides academic and professional foundations essential for success in the theatre industry. The W’s diverse, liberal arts-based training creates a balance between creativity, analysis and the awareness of theatre’s importance to society. The frequent productions allow students to apply skills learned in classrooms designed to immerse the student in the practicalities of theatre.
Learn more about The W’s theatre program at https://www.muw.edu/theatre/