“The Movie Game” tells the story of unemployed Jack Goldberg, who is in the midst of a pre-midlife crisis. He becomes disenchanted with his weekly meetings with his friend, Sam (Samantha), at a condemned neighborhood movie theater for Chinese takeout.
To break out of his rut, he begins seeing a “therapist to the stars.” Jack’s therapist, Dr. Seuz, convinces him that he must undergo a type of therapy that forces him to play the leading man in his own romantic comedy.
What begins as an unconventional method of therapy soon escalates to include an over-the-top director and a supporting cast that feature’s Jack’s parents and sister. In the meantime, Jack falls for Maggie, who is engaged. But Sam hopes for a different ending to Jack’s movie.
The play, which received the Mark Twain Comedy Playwriting Award, was written by Adam Hummel.
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (Nov. 30-Dec. 3), and 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 4)
Where: Miriam Drake Theatre
Cost: Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for non-UNK students, seniors and UNK faculty/staff; $7 per person for groups of 10 or more, and free for UNK students with a valid ID. For tickets, contact the UNK Box Office at 308.865.8417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cast (listed by hometown)
Bennington – Beth Hagedorn, Florence
Blue Hill – Colton Storm, Paul
Comstock – Taylor Ritz, Maggie
Johnstown – Lars Johnson, Blake Langley
Kearney – Akaela Lieth, Samantha; Stuart Wilke, Frank
Lincoln – Brenden Zwiebel, Jack
Ogallala – Nathaniel Tiberius Baldwin, Dr. Suez
Scottsbluff – Megan Hayhurst, Samantha (understudy)
Kansas City, KS – Ethel Rodriguez, Francine
Student Production Staff
Hastings – Tanner Peshek, Scenic designer
Lincoln – Nicholas T. Angelos, Stage manager
North Platte – Benjamin Hill, Properties master; Seth Mavigliano, Assistant stage manager
Chicago, IL – Carlie Casas, Lighting designer
Faculty/Staff Artistic Team
Janice Fronczak – Production director
Noelle Bohaty – Movement/dance choreographer
Del DeLorm – Costume designer
Matthew Powell – Sound designer
Photos by Corbey R. Dorsey/UNK Communications
Headshots courtesy of Kerri Garrison