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22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Media Contact: Jan Wenzel 401-874-2116

URI Theatre to perform La Bete

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 7, 2003 -- The University of Rhode Island’s Theatre Department will kick-off its spring season with the renowned comedy, La Bete (the Beast). Written by David Hirson, La Bete was the winner of the 1992 Oliver Award for Best Comedy.

La Bete was hailed a comic masterpiece at its Broadway debut and is noted as being an intelligent and uproarious exploration of the nature of art. It will be performed in J-Studio at the URI Fine Arts Center from Feb. 20 to 22 and from Feb. 26 to March 1 at 8 p.m., on Feb. 23 at 5 p.m., with a performance for the hearing impaired on Feb. 26.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, senior citizens and children. To reserve tickets, call the URI Theatre Box Office at 401-874-5843.

Set in 17th Century France, La Bete revolves around an upheaval in a famous acting troupe. When the troupe’s patron, Prince Conti, forces them to work with a common street performer, the stuffy troupe leader challenges the performer to present one of his own works in hopes of proving him incompetent. As his plan begins to backfire, the comedy ensues.

Anthony Estrella, artistic director of the Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre and guest artist of the URI Theatre Department, directs the play. Costumes were created by URI resident costume designer David T. Howard. Lighting for the play will be provided by URI senior theatre and music major David Roy. URI resident scenic designer Christian Wittwer created set designs.

*La Bete photos by Randy J. Osga.

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