UWMC's Kiss of the Spider Woman to open April 24

By UW-Marathon County

The 1993 Broadway musical Kiss of the Spider Woman will be coming to Wausau this month for four performances by the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County (UWMC) Theatre Department at the UW Center for Civic Engagement Theater, 625 Stewart Ave. Evening performances will be April 24, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee will be held April 27 at 2 p.m.

Kiss of the Spider Woman is an adaptation of Manuel Puig’s 1976 novel of the same name, which was first adapted for a 1985 film version starring William Hurt and the late Raul Julia. The musical version of Kiss of the Spider Woman was written by the creative team of John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics) and Terrance McNally (book).

UWMC’s production of Kiss of the Spider Woman features a cast of current UWMC students, alumni and community members. It is directed by UWMC Communication and Theatre Arts Professor Sarah Rudolph, with musical direction by Ann Applegate and choreography by Addy Wermund.

Set in a South American prison, the story involves two men who form an unlikely union when put together in the same cell. Molina (Zachary Wilde) is a flamboyant window dresser who summons images of Aurora (Paula Hettinga-Hall) a screen idol, who can transport him into a world of glamour or, in the guise of the Spiderwoman, haunt him with the specter of her lethal kiss. His cellmate, Valentin (Sam Ohnesorge), is a political prisoner with a necessary hard-edge to his personality. Despite natures seeming diametrically opposed, the two men gradually gain appreciation for one another as the prison warden (Michael Sherfinski) puts increasing pressure on Molina to act as an informant.

“The musical affords both the complex characters more typically achieved in drama and the spectacle of a Broadway musical,” said Rudolph.

General admission is $15. Tickets for seniors and non-UWMC student are $12 and UWMC students may attend for free. Tickets may be purchased weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the UWMC Business Office, 518 S. 7th Ave., Wausau. They also will be sold starting one hour before each performance at the UW CCE Box Office.

For more information, contact Sarah Rudolph, UWMC Communications and Theatre Arts professor, at 715-261-6290 or sarah.rudolph@uwc.edu


Brian Becker