Susan Deiger
UNK Theatre, 308.865.8406

Relationships can take many twists and turns, and people take extreme measures for them to work, especially if the guy is a nerdy college student and he just saw the girl of his dreams, which is what happens in an upcoming theatre production at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The UNK theatre will present “The Shape of Things,” by Neil LaBute, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday, Dec. 1-4, in the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the UNK Fine Arts Building. In addition to the evening performances, there will be matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4.

“The Shape of Things” is about the manipulation of a young man by the girl of his dreams to make him into her ideal boyfriend. The play is based in a college town, where nerdy college student Adam falls for an artist named Evelyn. She then transforms him into the man she would rather be dating. Adam’s friends Jenny and Phillip are shocked by his transformation, and their friendship will be tested. Evelyn’s hold on Adam turns darker and darker as he falls deeper into her spell.

Adam then learns he has been a part of a project for a class Evelyn is taking. She was instructed to change the world by her graduate adviser, but she chose to change someone’s world instead. The play reviews the manipulation and transformations Adam goes through because of Evelyn.

“The Shape of Things” was originally written for the stage and then made into a movie in 2003.

Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for UNK faculty and staff, non-UNK students and seniors; $5 for groups of 10 or more; and free admission for UNK students. For tickets, or for more information, call 308.865.8417.

This play is a student production. The students and their positions include: Kassandra Wendell,Axtell, director; Jamie Bentley, Fremont, lighting designer; Kyle Garrelts, Kearney, scenic designer; Nate Rocke, Lincoln,  assistant stage manager; Brittany Greunke, Winside, stage manager. Out-of-state members include: Tony Neilser, Lexington, Tenn., sound designer; and Nate White, Pierre, S.D., technical director.

Members of the faculty, staff and artistic team include: Janice Fronczak, directing mentor; Darin Himmerich, technical direction mentor; Sara Ice, costume designer; Rick Scholwin, sound design mentor; and Mark Wethington, scenic and lighting design mentor

The cast is listed below alphabetically by hometown.


Axtell– Jacey Anderson, Statue
Crawford– Colter Lemmon, Adam
Falls City– Kelsey Coolidge, Jenny
Kearney– Natalie Potts Burling, Evelyn
Lincoln– Spencer Wolfe, Statue
Omaha– Elizabeth Lieberman, statue
O’Neill– Jordan Peterson, Phillip