Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine, A Gender-Bending Story about Sexual Identity, Opens Thursday, Feb. 10, at UNK

Susan Deiger
UNK Theatre, 308.865.8406

Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine, a gender-bending story about sexual identity, will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The comedy will be performed nightly Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 10-12 and Feb. 17-19, in the Studio Theatre located in the Fine Arts Building. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13.

Approaching issues of family, class, race and gender in a comical theatrical production, Cloud Ninetakes the audience on a tour from 1870’s Africa to 1970’s London. The cast of characters travels across a century, but ages only 25 years.

This production is for mature audiences only, as sexual liaisons and innuendoes are a constant detail of the show, according to Daniel Jones, production director.

The cast of Cloud Nine, listed alphabetically by hometown along with their roles, includes:

Columbus– Jakob Enzminger (Joshua, Gerry)
Deshler– Chad Holle (Harry Bagley, Martin)
Elkhorn– Jordan House (Maud, Lin)
Elwood– Lauren Blessing (Ellen, Mrs. Saunders, Victoria)
Jean Duffy (Act I Edward, Act II Betty)
Taylor– Andrew Nelson (Clive, Cathy)

Austin– Chance Hartman (Act I Betty, Act II Edward)

The artistic/production staff members, listed alphabetically by hometown along with their responsibilities, include:
Bertrand- Charise Dawson, dramaturg
Kearney– Alex Tracy, stage manager


Kobe– Mikako Toda, assistant stage manager

The professional staff includes: Shawn Deiger, sound designer; Daniel Jones, director, costume designer; and David Tidwell, scenic and lighting designer.

Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for students, seniors and UNK Faculty/Staff; and free to UNK students with a valid UNK ID. Tickets may be reserved through the UNK Theatre Box Office, by phone (308) 865-8417, or e-mail to