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Premiere Performance of “Starkle, Starkle, Little Twink” on Friday, March 27, 2009, at the U of M, Crookston; Play begins at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium Panel Discussion Follows
March 18, 2009

Contact: Mark Huglen, associate professor, 218-281-8275 (mhuglen@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Basil Clark, coauthor, actor, and Vietnam veteran, will be performing in his play “Starkle, Starkle, Little Twink” on Friday, March 27, 2009, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium, and Clark will be joined by cast members from the campus and community. The event is free and the public is welcome. Donations will be accepted in support of veterans’ scholarships at the Crookston campus.

The “table” serves as a communication focal point in this powerful play that reflects on war in a postwar environment and on the daily struggles of living in human relationships. The idea of bringing everyday struggles to the table or an “alter” is included in the book, Poetic Healing: A Vietnam Veteran’s Journey from a Communication Perspective, which features critical commentary by coauthor and Associate Professor Mark Huglen, Ph.D., who teaches communication at the U of M, Crookston.

The commentary on Clark’s plays and poems offers insight into problems of communication during Clark’s struggles with constant ringing in the ears – tinnitus – as well as with insight into competing orientations and conflict management while drawing on the teachings of Kenneth Burke, American literary theorist and philosopher.

The U of M, Crookston Bookstore will host a book signing with Clark and Huglen from 3:30- 4:30 p.m. on March 27. Copies of Poetic Healing will be available and refreshments will be served.

The cast for the play includes U of M, Crookston faculty member Associate Professor George French and Charity Reitmeier, a University of North Dakota Theater major from Grand Forks, N.D.

U of M, Crookston students cast in the play include: Sophomore Kenneth Mendez, Crookstn, Minn.; Sophomore Kalil Field-Mackall, El Paso, Tex.; Sophomore Tyler Anderson, St. Hilaire, Minn.; Freshman Nongye Lo, St. Paul, Minn.; Junior Daniel Letourneau, White Bear Lake, Minn.; Sophomore Shawn Friedland, Greensboro, NC; and Freshman Broderick Williams, Minneapolis, Minn.

Two youth from the area are joining the cast, Zachary Lutz, son of Robert Lutz and Theresa Miller of Crookston and Cody Wardner, son of Jason and Nicole Wardner of Fisher, Minn.

A panel discussion will follow the evening’s performance. The panel includes Assistant Professor David Beard, Ph.D., from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, along with Mendez, Clark and Huglen. Beard teaches writing studies on the Duluth campus, and his published book review of Poetic Healing appears in the prestigious Quarterly Journal of Speech. Mendez is a communication major at the U of M, Crookston, and Clark is also an associate professor of speech and theater at Pikeville College, Kentucky.

For more information, contact Huglen at 218-281-8275 (mhuglen@umn.edu).

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