World Premiere of Drama Slated

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Photo of Playwright Lauren Argo
Playwright Lauren Argo

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The play will be presented at 8 p.m. April 14-16 and April 21-23 in the Guignol Theatre in the College of Fine Arts Building on Rose Street. A matinee is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 24. A reception for the audience and cast in the Tuska Gallery will follow the April 15 performance.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2005) -- The University of Kentucky Theatre Department will present the world premiere of an award-winning drama titled "The Noise in the Room,” by UK alumnus Lauren Argo.

The play is the winner of the inaugural James W. Rodgers Playwriting competition. Bo List, an artistic associate with Chicago’s Baliwick Theatre and UK alumnus, will direct UK’s production.

The past meets the present and changes the future in “The Noise in the Room,” a drama based on real-life events. Argo created the work from diaries she found shopping the famed U.S. Highway 127 yard sale in the Danville area and through researching the diaries’ former owner. Mirroring reality, the play’s college student, Elizabeth Key, finds the 90-year old diaries of Carolyn Taylor, a long-deceased native of Augusta, Ky.

Elizabeth buys the diaries and begins studying the life of the strong-minded suffragette. Soon, Elizabeth finds herself on a journey unlike any other she’s ever experienced. As she learns more about Carolyn Taylor, Key learns more about herself.

Argo graduated from UK’s theatre department in December 2004. While a student at the university, she was a member of the Honors Program and the Gaines Center for the Humanities, and was awarded two Oswald Research and Creativity grants for playwriting. Argo claims acting as her first love, but she has great interest in directing, costume design and playwriting as well. Her career goal is to open a theater that specializes in installation art and performance theatre.

Argo’s work won the first James W. Rodgers Playwriting competition. The award honors a student from a Kentucky college, university or theatre-training program whose play reflects “creativity, discipline, research and insight . . . celebrating the human spirit and its potential.” The Rodgers award is named for James W. Rodgers, a professor emeritus with the UK Department of Theatre.

The play will be presented at 8 p.m. April 14-16 and April 21-23 in the Guignol Theatre in the College of Fine Arts Building on Rose Street. A matinee is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 24. A reception for the audience and cast in the Tuska Gallery will follow the April 15 performance.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for UK faculty and staff, and $8 for students and senior citizens. To reserve tickets, call the UK Singletary Center for the Arts ticket office at (859) 257-4929.


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