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Source: Chelsey Eimer, 785-532-6878, cbeimer@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011

BEEKEEPING AND ASTROPHYSICS COLLIDE IN COMEDY 'HUMBLE BOY'

MANHATTAN -- The Kansas State University theatre program will present the comedy "Humble Boy" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3-5 and Feb. 9-12, all in Nichols Theater.

"Humble Boy" is about broken vows, failed hopes and the joys of beekeeping. The story follows Felix Humble, a 35-year-old Cambridge astrophysicist, in his search of a unified field theory. Following the sudden death of his father, Felix must return home to be with his difficult and demanding mother. He soon realizes that his search for unity must be expanded to include his own chaotic life.

A modern-day parallel to Shakespeare's "Hamlet," "Humble Boy" is the winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Critics' Circle Best New Play Award and the People's Choice Best New Play Award.

The K-State production of "Humble Boy" is directed by Kate Anderson, associate professor of theater, and lighting design is by John Uthoff, associate professor of theater.

Tickets are $14 for the general public, $12 for seniors and military, and $9 for students. They can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or by calling McCain at 785-532-6428 during box office hours. Tickets also may be purchased at the Little Theater box office in the K-State Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. Groups of 10 or more may receive a discount rate. For more information or assistance in planning a theater party, contact Marci Maullar at 785-532-6878.

K-State students in the cast or crew of "Humble Boy" include:

From Greater Kansas City: Lisa Kranz, junior in theater, as Rosie Pye, and Ryan Andrew Bruce, master's student in English, costume design, both from Leawood; Joseph Klug, senior in theater, Overland Park, set design; and Jacob Relic, senior in management, Shawnee, stage manager.

Charles Johnston, master's student in theater, Hutchinson, as George Pye; Chelsey Eimer, senior in theater and mass communications, sound design, and Diana Watts, sophomore in theater, as Mercy Lott, both from Manhattan; Lauren Perez, senior in theater, Parsons, as Flora; Kyle Myers, junior in theater, Topeka, as Felix Humble; and Gilberto Perez-Abraham Jr., sophomore in theater, Wichita, as Jim.