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Wofford Theatre Workshop Presents ‘Fuddy Meers’

Wednesday, April 10, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC--The Wofford College Theatre Workshop will present David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Fuddy Meers” on Tuesday-Saturday, April 16-20, in the Tony White Theatre.

The production of Lindsay-Abaire’s dark comedy will be presented at 8 p.m. nightly Monday through Friday. Tickets are by reserved seating only; $6 general public and $3 for non-Wofford students. Reservations may be made by calling the ticket office at (864) 597-4080 between 2 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Fuddy Meers” is about a day in the life of Claire, a woman with a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. She, and the audience, must take everything all the other characters say at face value, leading to “one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life.” The New York Times calls it “heady fun . . . a dark, sweet and thoroughly engaging comedy.”

Performing will be Wofford students Katie Page, Evan Derrick, Thomas Pierce, Jeff Ashworth, Ashlee Ruff, Moe Dayton and Karli Wilcox. Some 35 students are involved in the production, both on and off stage. Dr. Jim R. Gross, T.R. Garrison Professor of English and Theatre, chairman of Wofford’s department of fine arts and director of the Theatre Workshop, is director of the production. Chet Longley, a theater instructor, is the technical director for the theater and provided scene and light design.

Lindsay-Abaire, a Boston native and graduate of Juilliard School, where he wrote “Fuddy Meers,” also has signed an open-ended deal with NBC for a series and recently signed a two-picture deal with Miramax. His works have been produced in various theaters in New York and around the country. His latest play, “Kimberly Akimbo,” was produced to acclaim this spring at South Coast Repertory. He currently is writing a new play for Mosaic Entertainment to star Janeane Garafalo next season, as well as “Road to Ruin,” an original screenplay for Fox 2000; “Robot World,” an animated feature for 20th Century Fox; and the screen adaptation of “Fuddy Meers.”