Retired University of Wisconsin-Platteville English lecturer Gary Kriewald's fourth play, "Clippies," will be performed at 8 p.m. Feb. 27-28, in the Rotunda Studio at the Overture Center for the Arts, in Madison, Wis. The performance is free and open to all.
Kriewald, who lives on the north Mendocino coast of California, taught English courses at UW-P from 2007 to 2012 and served as the co-editor of the university's Stylus, a publication that showcases exceptional writing from students that is used as a practical teaching tool in freshman English composition classes.
"Clippies," subtitled "You Can Make a Difference," tells the story of Marc, a college freshman who has landed a job as a canvasser with an environmental nonprofit. His life is changed when he meets Sage, a veteran canvasser and talented amateur artist, who becomes his mentor and friend. A modern retelling of the Pygmalion myth, "Clippies" is both a coming-of-age tale and a testament to the transformative power of art.
The play, presented by Clear Plastic Theater Company in cooperation with Playwright's Ink, is performed in "workshop style," with minimal technical elements. There also will be a post-show discussion designed to provoke constructive criticism from audience members.