Campus AffairsCampus Affairs

By Gwen Lawful

Directed by Jan Levine Thal

In tough economic times, one product always enjoys an upsurge in demand. That product, of course, is comedy. And thanks to the generous support of two Madison arts organizations, Dane County theater-goers can laugh locally.

"Campus Affairs," a new play by Gwen Lawful, will premier in Madison with six performances the first two weekends in March.

It's about life and love at a local university, where a professor past his prime is shaken by a scandalous affair, only to find he was a guinea pig for a colleague's biotech love potion.

"It's a good clean fun, appropriate for teenagers and adults, set in an unnamed prominent state university," Director Jan Levine Thal explains. "It offers silliness for smart people, with some thinly veiled -- and totally entertaining -- commentary on love, academia, and the social order."

Stage Manager Sarah Whelan adds, "We have a great cast playing eight wonderful characters. If you could use a good night of laughter, you will not be disappointed."

The cast includes: Mary Ambrosavage, Harvey Black, Gina Chirichella, Tom Collins, Siobh‡n Edge, Matt Dahms, Robert Kovak, and Mary-Elizabeth Pasquesi.

"Campus Affairs," is a production of UW-Madison Chapter of Phi Beta, a National Fraternity for the Creative and Performing Arts, and Playwrights Ink, a non-profit association of theater artists dedicated to the development of playwrights and their work.

"Campus Affairs," will be performed at TAPIT/new works, 1957 Winnebago Street near the Atwood intersection in Madison. Six performances only:

Produced by CW Yoder as a joint project of Phibeta and Playwrights Ink. Performances at 1957 Winnebago Street, Madison (TAPIT/new works Studio Theater)

Performances: March 6-14, 2009

Performance Times:

Friday, March 6 at 8pm
Saturday, March 7 at 4pm and 8pm
Friday March 13 at 8pm
Saturday March 14 at 4pm and 8pm

Suggested donation is $10.

To reserve seats, call 608-222-4609 or email

For more information and a YouTube trailer, visit

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