Whittier College News Release
Office of Public Relations
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P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608-0634
Nov. 11, 2002
Reference: 02/03: 35
Contact: Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216
Theatre Department on “Cloud Nine” at
“Cloud Nine,” a farcical melodrama with elements of modern realistic theatre,
written by Caryl Churchill, will be presented by the Whittier College Department
Theatre Arts Nov. 20–24, at the
Center for the Performing Arts.
The show will begin at
8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and at
2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
The play uses cross-dressing and role-doubling to problematize the relationship
between colonialism and sexual oppression in
the 19th and 20th centuries, according to
director Jennifer S. Holmes, assistant professor of theatre arts.
Act One begins in a
British colony in
during Victorian times. Act Two concludes in
Although 100 years have passed, the characters age only 25 years.
Holmes said Churchill was very specific about the casting, insisting that a
person play Joshua, a black servant to Clive, and that Clive’s wife, Betty, be
a man. Other unusual portrayals include
Edward, Clive’s son, being played by a woman
and Cathy, a
four-year-old girl, in Act
Two being played by a man.
“Cloud 9 asks us to question what meanings lie in the socially
constructed categorizations of gender, race, and sexuality,” Holmes said.
“It asks us to think
about—and perhaps feel—how these meanings work to structure the relationship
between self and society. And finally, it asks, how do categorizations of
and sexuality affect the relationship we have with one another, and with
The cast (and their roles in the first and second acts) includes freshman
Bergman of Tucson, Ariz., as Betty and Edward; sophomore Kimi Buser of
Texas, as Edward and Betty; sophomore Jason Darnell of Felton,
Calif., as Clive and
Cathy; freshman Joseph Fontana of Bayville, N.Y., as Joshua and Gerry;
Holt of Colorado Springs, Colo., as Mrs. Saunders; senior Kate Knochel of
as Maud and Victoria; freshman Katia Perdoni, of Hoffman, Minn., as the
and Soldier; sophomore Christian Sorenson, of Bellevue, Wash., as Harry
and sophomore Stephanie Stevens of Norwalk, Calif., as Ellen and Lin.
Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for students and senior citizens.
Tickets and information are available by calling the Shannon Center Box Office
Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent,
four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong
programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which
accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of
American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.