Unicorn Theatre Presents GREEN WHALES

Unicorn Theatre will present the world premiere of Lia Romeo's new comedy, Green Whales, set to run on The Jerome Stage March 5th-28th. The play's central character, Karen, suffers from Turner's Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes her to look like a teenager. She is actually a 38-year-old philosophy professor who finds herself perpetually dateless. Her sister, Joanna, concocts an ill-advised scheme to find Karen's perfect match while simultaneously navigating her own tenuous relationship. Romeo, who has been deeply involved in Green Whales workshops and rehearsals, takes "laughing in the face of adversity" to a whole new level. This bizarre and funny love story is straight from the Unicorn's In-Progress New Play Reading Series last season. Green Whales is the final of three co-productions with UMKC Theatre this season. These co-productions allow for graduate student actors and designers to work alongside professionals. Past UMKC Theatre co-productions include Farragut North and Miss Witherspoon. Performances are Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm. There will be a Saturday matinee at 3:00 pm on March 6th. Talk-back performances with the actors and director will follow the performances on March 9th, 14th and 16th. Tickets can be purchased online at www.unicorntheatre.org, by phone at 816-531-PLAY or at the box office.

Cast and Creative Team
Green Whales is directed by Unicorn Theatre's Producing Artistic Director, Cynthia Levin who has recently directed Miss Witherspoon, My First Time and The Clean House at the Unicorn. The cast features Anna Safar (Unicorn debut, UMKC graduate student), Vanessa Severo (previously at the Unicorn: The Clean House and Bright Ideas), Darren Kennedy (previously at Unicorn: Mauritius and The Lieutenant of Inishmore) and Dean Vivian (recently at the Unicorn: Intimate Apparel and Permanent Collection). Scenic design by Tabitha Pease (Unicorn debut, UMKC graduate student), lighting design is by Latrice Lovett (Unicorn debut, UMKC graduate student), sound design by Benjamin G. Stickels (previously at Unicorn: Grey Gardens, My First Time, bare and Rising Water), costume design by Renee Garcia (Unicorn debut, UMKC graduate student), properties design by David Hawkinson (Previously at the Unicorn: Scenic design for Miss Witherspoon, UMKC graduate student) with Tanya Brown as Stage Manager (recently at the Unicorn: Farragut North, Speech & Debate and The Clean House).

The Playwright
LIA ROMEO earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers University. She was the playwright-in-residence at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey for the 2008-2009 Season. Her play Green Whales has been developed at the Kennedy Center, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, and New Jersey Repertory Theatre. Her play Right Place, Right Time was a finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference, the HotCity Theatre New Play Festival, and the Centre Stage New Play Festival, and received its world premiere from the Renegade Theatre Experiment in 2010. Her short play "Yog Sothoth" was a finalist for the Heideman Award. This and other short plays have been produced in thirteen different states and internationally. She and her brother are co-authors of the humor book 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About (Abrams Image).

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