College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO Theatre Arts Department Performs Provocative Drama "Mr. Marmalade"

Oct. 26, 2010mr marmalade

The University of Central Oklahoma's Department of Theatre Arts will present the dark comedy "Mr. Marmalade" at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 4-6 and at 2 p.m., Nov. 7 in Pegasus Theater, located in UCO's Liberal Arts Building.
"Mr. Marmalade" is the story of Lucy, a four-year-old girl with a very active imagination, whose imaginary friend Mr. Marmalade doesn't have much time for her. But Mr. Marmalade isn't a typical imaginary friend: he beats up his personal assistant and has a cocaine addiction. Lucy has only one real friend, Larry, who is the youngest person to attempt suicide in the history of New Jersey.
Daisy Nystul, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and director of the play, said it is a savage, black comedy about what it takes to grow up in difficult times.
"I've wanted to do this particular show since I arrived at Central in 2004.  It's an edgy piece as well as a poignant social commentary. There is a lot to be learned from it."
The social topics covered in the play range from child abuse to suicide to single parenting to alcoholism and addiction and, thus, the production is not recommended for children under the age of 18.
"These are issues we all need to be thinking about, that we all need to be aware of, and that includes the audience as well as the students," said Nystul.
"I support the faculty in taking risks in their theatrical choices-especially when it adds value to our students' academic and social education," added Dr. John Clinton, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design.

A variety of information booths will be set up in the lobby of Pegasus Theater after the performances with materials available regarding the social issues addressed in the play.
Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $10 for seniors, non-UCO students and UCO faculty and staff and $4 for UCO students with ID. Again, the production is not recommended for those under 18.  To reserve tickets, call the Mitchell Hall Theater box office at (405) 974-3375.
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