Sept. 20, 1996

Hush tells the story of a young blind girl

The KU Theatre for Young People will present Hush: An Interview With America by James Still, a 1982 KU theatre alumnus, Sept. 23 to 28 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall.

Performances are at 1 p.m. Sept. 23 to 27 for fourth, fifth and sixth graders of the Lawrence and Douglas County schools. Public performances are at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

Jeanne M. Klein, associate professor of theatre and film and head of the KU's Theatre for Young People, is director and sound designer for Hush. Dennis P. Christilles, assistant professor of theatre and film, is scenographer. Actor coach is Jack B. Wright, professor of theatre and film.

Klein is working with a cast of 10 in Hush, which is set in the present in the small town of Hush, Kan. The play is about the impact of television on a young girl's identity, Klein said.

Maggie, a 12-year-old blind girl, has a lively imagination and visualizes many things her father cannot see. In her backyard she imagines fantastic stories, written in invisible ink, and plays with imaginary friends, including Eve and a lion that has escaped from the zoo.

When a TV news reporter looking for a story meets Maggie, the reporter broadcasts a story across the nation that Maggie sees angels. Crowds of people come to see Maggie, but they turn against her when they realize she has no miracles for them. Maggie runs away, but realizing she must be true to herself no matter what others think, she returns.

Tickets are available at the KU box offices. Tickets are $6 for the public, $3 for K-12 and KU students, and $5 for senior citizens.

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