The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 23, 1987, Page 9, Image 9

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    ‘Ripen Our Darkness ’ brings light to Theatrix
The Thursday night opening of the
comedy “Ripen Our Darkness” marks
the premier of a new experimental
program sponsored by UNL’s Theater
Arts and Dance Department.
The new program, Theatrix, is
housed in the Studio Theatre of the
Temple Building. Theatrix willpro
vide rare events throughout the com
ing year, including musical reviews,
new play readings and chamber
Tamara Compton, a Ph.d. candi
date in theater, will direct “Ripen Our
Darkness,” a feminist satire by Sarah
Daniels. The play is a lampoon of a
male-dominated world.
Daniels, author of the critically
acclaimed “Masterpieces,” has popu
lated her play with punctilious church
wardens, sexually obsessed psychia
trists, slothful teen-age sons and the
feminist trinity. With biting social
comment, Daniels portrays the tribu
lations of wives and daughters bat
tling the absurdities and oppression of
a male-dominated world.
The cast includes Jenny Barron,
Robert Brown, John Connolly, Layne
Ehlers, Barb Frank, Ramona Frazer,
Jill Judt, Sophia Kazas, Mary Park,
William Stone, Ron Stortz, Mark
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Taylor and Mary Zietlow.
Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday,
Friday and Saturday in the Studio
Theatre (Temple Building, 12th and R
streets, UNL campus).
General admission tickets are S3.
Reservations can be made by calling
the UNL box office at 472-2073 be
tween noon and 5 p.m.
The play contains mature language
and subject matter.
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Many FarmAid acts graced
Lincoln stages before benefit
By Bill Allen
Senior Editor__
Several of the acts that played at
FarmAid III Saturday have played in
the area before, and at least one act,
the Bandaloo Doctors, featuring Bon
nie Bramlett, wants to come back
Arlo Guthrie said Saturday that he
was at FarmAid as an artist to give his
support to Willie Nelson and the cause
he’s worked for for three years.
“We’re far from being out of the
crisis,” Guthrie said.
“That’s the feeling I get from being
Guthrie has performed at all three
FarmAid concerts and he said that this
one was “the best organized yet”
Two years ago Guthrie played in
the Bob Dcvaney Sports Center as a
Nebraska State Fair concert. Even
then, his comments concerned the
American farmer and the American
working man. Guthrie has also been
very vocal throughout his career in
supporting unions.
William Lee Golden, who sang
“Thank God for Kids” to an early
afternoon crowd of picnickers at Far
mAid, has been in the area several
limes as a member of the Oak Ridge
Boys. He now tours with his own
group, the Goldens.
Kris Kristofferson spent a great
deal of time in Lincoln during the
filming of “ Amerika,” an ABC televi
sion mini-series filmed predomi
nantly in Tecumseh. He sang at Cele
bration during that production and
also in the Lincoln nightclub last Fri
Kristofferson, a good friend of
Nelson’s, has been active in country
music for years, penning the classic
country songs “Me and Bobby
McGee,” and “Help Me Make It
Through the Night.” He’s been a lead
ing advocate of peace in past years in
both films and music. His songs at this
year’s FarmAid reflected that com
Steve Earl and the Dukes played
last summer at the now defunct Drum
stick bar.
The Fabulous Thundcrbirds, the
Austin Texas rhyt’ i blues group
that played a sa ig set at Far
mAid, once played in the Nebraska
Merle Haggard, who had to with
draw from FarmAid because of ill
ness, played a slate fair concert two
years ago. He has been an active voice
for fanners for some time.
John Kay and Steppenwolf have
played at the Royal Grove.
The Bandaloo Doctors, featuring
Bramlett, made their premiere per
formance at FarmAid. But Bramlett
has been around quite a while. With
former husband, Delaney Bramlett,
she recorded Top 20 hits “Never
Ending Song of Love,” and “Only
You Know and I Know.”
The Doctors are trying to get an
album recorded by the firstof the year.
They were optimistic about their
FarmAid performance.
“They were ready for us,” Bramlett
said, “The first thing we saw when we
came out on stage was a sign that said
‘Nebraska Rocks FarmAid.’”
Danny Sheridan, the band’s bass
player, described Nelson as “a friend
and fan” of Bramlett for 15 years,
which enabled her to introduce her
group at the concert.
Sheridan and Bramlett said the
group would like to play in Lincoln
again, “perhaps as early as Novem
ber,” but right now “it’s back to Cali
fornia to write up a few more songs
and rehearse.”
Ward Wllllamt/Dally Nebraskan
Bonnie Bramlett
Photo Art
Sept. 21-25
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