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St. Norbert College Theatre Studies Presents Staged Reading of Student-Written Play

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From St. Norbert College, May 3, 2016
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College theatre studies will present a staged-reading-style performance of "Nuclear Family," an original full-length play written by college senior Erich Wegenke (Sun Prairie, Wis.). The reading will take place on Sunday, May 8, at 2 p.m. in the drama room of the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts on the college campus. It is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required. However, seating is limited, so it is best to arrive early.

Wegenke wrote "Nuclear Family" over the course of the spring 2016 semester as an independent study program supervised by April Beiswenger, assistant professor of theatre. The play tells the story of a family of four taking refuge in a basement fallout shelter during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Staying safe soon proves to be anything but straightforward, and tensions rise between members of the family the longer they stay underground.
The cast for the staged reading will include Sarah Conard (Kewaunee, Wis.) as Helen, Logan Thomas (Baileys Harbor, Wis.) as Paul, Katherine De Guia (Palmdale, Calif.) as Julia, Alex Gruber (Plover, Wis.) as Glenn, and Ben Paplham (De Pere, Wis.) as the narrator.
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