Gone Missing Comes to UW-WC Stage


UW-Washington County will present four performances of Gone Missing in the campus theatre in early November.The evening performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 2, 3, and 9, 10 at 7:30pm in the campus theatre. Free parking is available.

The 7-member acting ensemble for Gone Missing includes: Melissa Hammen of West Bend; Dylan Hanneman of Cedarburg; Kris Holly of West Bend; Jaime Jastrab of Milwaukee; Bailey Mahnke of West Bend; Danielle Rogne of West Bend; and Lisa VonDerVellen of Hartford.

UW-WC Communications and Theatre Professor, Brad Ford, will produce and direct the performance.  Assisting Professor Ford are: Megan Berg (Assistant Director), Tom Utschig (Musical Director), Elizabeth Schroeder (Technical Director), Lisa Kazen (Choreographer), Lisa Rowe (Scenic Artist), Michael Nobbe and Sandra Retzlaff (Wardrobe). Crew members include: Dinah-lee Torres, Hannah Dee and Ian Pace.

Gone Missing explores a variety of very personal accounts of things “gone missing.” From a wedding ring to a Gucci shoe, the lost items eulogized in the play tend to be high-priced, stylish and – above all – sorely missed. Dealing with their losses sends the owners into fits of desperation and shows the ways in which we deal with loss in our lives. The play was created in 2001 by The Civilians, a New York performance company that interviewed more than 30 New Yorkers to create a familiar panorama of urban eccentricity from a Pakistani cabbie to an old woman who lost a sapphire ring. The performance is unique in that it doesn’t have the traditional plot with beginning, middle and end. Instead, it is a “series of monologues and dialogues of real people discussing the things they have lost,” according to Professor Ford. In addition to the script, the top four essays in a related local essay contest sponsored by the campus, will be incorporated into the play. The essays had to answer the question, “What have you lost in your life?”

Gone Missing was written by Steven Cossen from interviews by the Company, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. It is being performed with special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. It is rated PG-13 as it contains some adult language.

Four performances of Gone Missing are planned for Friday and Saturday evenings, November 2-3 and 9-10 at 7:30pm. All performances will be in the University Theatre, located on the second floor of the campus. For ticket reservations, phone 262-335-5208 or email: WSH-Tickets@uwc.edu

Tickets are $13 adults and $10 for seniors (over 62) or youth (under 18).
UW-Washington County is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend. Free parking is available.



Sue Bausch