North Central College - Naperville, IL

Seniors direct original comic sketches May 27-29

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Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

May 25, 2010--North Central College seniors Jake Dewar and Bruce Reif will present their original plays as part of the College's Student Director Series. Dewar's "On the Line: A Series of Random Transmissions" is a compilation of original comedic sketches. Reif's "An Evening in Revue" is a short comedic sketch written entirely by the cast using improvisation.

Both short plays will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 27-29, in North Central's Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit Both performances are appropriate for ages 13 and up.

"On the Line" is based on a single theme: long-distance communication. Using phone conversations, fast-food orders and radio broadcasts, this show light-heartedly mocks the notion that even though people use all kinds of new technology for the sake of communication, they cannot communicate with each other.

The content for "An Evening in Revue" was developed entirely by the cast throughout the rehearsal process. Using improvisation and writing techniques, the cast creates a unique, genuine and funny experience for the audience.

"On the Line" director Dewar says, "I wanted to prove you can put on a fun and entertaining play without the need for expensive sets and costumes. With the exception of a few hand props, there is no set for either of our shows. But that's the magic of live, intimate theatre. You can put together a rough framework and have the audience complete the rest of the picture themselves."

Cast for "On the Line" includes senior Linda Spadlowski, junior Marissa Backlin, sophomore Erik Eiseman and freshmen Jennifer Dunham and Kevin Williams, who each play various roles in the play.

These plays are part of North Central's Student Director Series. The College's theatre faculty invite students to submit a proposal to direct their own theatrical productions and the best are selected. They are some of many ongoing programs hosted at North Central College to enrich and broaden the academic and cultural outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of theatrical performances, art exhibits, musical performances and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).