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WKU Studio Series to present ‘Elephant’s Graveyard’ and ‘God’

Inventive story telling is one of the hallmarks of The Studio Series in WKU’s Department of Theatre & Dance where directing students are encouraged to try new approaches to theatre. The series presents a double bill of Elephant’s Graveyard by George Brant and God by Woody Allen on March 31 and April 1.

The Studio Series will present "Elephant's Graveyard" and "God" at 8 p.m. March 31-April 1 at Gordon Wilson Hall Lab Theatre.

The Studio Series will present “Elephant’s Graveyard” and “God” at 8 p.m. March 31-April 1 at Gordon Wilson Hall Lab Theatre.

Elephant’s Graveyard takes the audience back to 1916 and tells the true story of a circus tragedy. The play is directed by WKU student Lena Buechler of Priceville, Ala., who never shies from a challenge.  “I chose to direct Elephant’s Graveyard because it tells a story that is emotionally complex, thought provoking, and probes at essential questions of humanity,” Buechler said. “It tells a true story and carries with it many facets of U.S. history.  Additionally, it uses an innovative story-telling style that will present a great challenge to me as a director.”

God by Woody Allen presents a unique experience to the audience as they become part of the story. God is directed by WKU student Andrew Mertz of Louisville who looked forward to the challenge.  “I picked this show because I love the humor of it.  It constantly interacts with the audience to deliver a more intricate and personalized experience,” Mertz said. “ It also tries to warp reality not only for the actors, but also for the audience.  This is probably one of the funniest and unique plays you will be able to see.”

The Studio Series of Elephant’s Graveyard and God begins at 8 p.m. March 31-April 1 in the Lab Theatre in Gordon Wilson Hall on the WKU campus. All tickets are $5 and may be purchased online at wku.showare.com or by calling (270) 745-3121.

About WKU Theatre & Dance: More than 15,000 people were entertained by the WKU Department of Theatre & Dance last year. The department presents more than 20 productions every year to including four Mainstage productions, four Mainstage dance concerts, three student-choreographed dance concerts, a Children’s Theatre Series, a Studio Series of student-directed works, a Before Broadway Series featuring a staged reading of a new musical, and a Next Stage Series of showcases and works in progress. More information about the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance can be found at www.wku.edu/theatre-and-dance or by calling the department at (270) 745-5845.  Follow the department on Twitter @WKUTheatreDance for information on other upcoming performances.

Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560.

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