ISU Theatre anniversary year ends with four-actor play

ISU Theatre wraps up its 100th anniversary year with a four-performance run of On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning April 30-May 3 in the Memorial Union Maintenance Shop. The theater department's newest faculty member, assistant professor Amanda Petefish-Schrag, is directing the comedy, which requires just four actors.

On the Verge, first performed in 1985, tells the story of three Victorian American female explorers (played by senior Annie Feenstra, sophomore Rosie Zbaracki and ISU alumna Kim Paul) who are traveling through a yet-unexplored land and, it turns out, time. On the journey, they meet an assortment of beings, all played by the same actor (senior Noah Allyn).

Petefish-Schrag said, "This play is not a romance, but it is absolutely a love story." She said she was a graduate student when she first became captivated with the play and the characters, who love -- adventure, ideas, words -- in spite of the obstacles they face as explorers.

Performances for On the Verge begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. A Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m. Tickets, $18 (seniors $16, students $11) are available through MidwesTix or the Maintenance Shop ticket office (11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday) and at the door. Advance purchases are recommended due to the M-Shop's limited seating.