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URI Theatre to present Blithe Spirit

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KINGSTON, RI, -- September 16, 2005 -- URI /Theatre opens its fall season with Blithe Spirit, a comedy by Noel Coward. Itís a farce and itís funny.

Charles Condomine, a British novelist, happily married to Ruth, is writing a novel, which involves the supernatural. He is inspired to ask Madame Arcati, the local medium, to demonstrate a sťance. The sťance is pretty much a failure while the lights are out. But then thereís a strong breeze and the window curtains part and Charlesí first wife, Elvira, dead for seven years, sweeps into the room. This whole situation is complicated by the fact that only Charles can see her.

Blithe Spirit will be directed by Alan Hawkridge, costumes designed by David T. Howard, scenic design by Luke Sutherland, light design by Dan Bilodeau and sound by Peter Nabut.

The show will be performed in the Robert E. Will Theatre of the Fine Arts Center, URI Kingston Campus. The play runs from Oct. 13 to 15 and 19 to 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $14 general, $10 seniors, URI faculty/staff and $8 students. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 401-874-5843.

Members of the cast, their characters, and their hometowns follow:


Daniel DaCunha, Dr. Bradman, Pawtucket
Joseph Short, Charles Condomine, Wakefield
Helen Brennan, Mrs. Bradman, Warwick
Haley Hanson, Elvira, Grass Valley, Calif.
Lauren Ustaszewski, Madame Arcati, Shamong, N.J.
Heather Garfinkle, Ruth, Armonk, N.Y.
Jill Blevins, Edith, New Hope, Penn.