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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Spotlight

Feb. 16, 2011

Student set to direct ‘The Pattern Is Broken’ at Northwest this weekend

By Nichole Beckman, media relations assistant

MARYVILLE, Mo.- Heather Cooney, a senior speech-theater education major at Northwest Missouri State University, will direct "The Pattern is Broken," a sorrowful and surprising play, this weekend.

The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, and continues with another performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in the Black Box Theater at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the door.

The play, which showcases two couples traveling down opposite sides of the marriage timeline, offers a glimpse into real relationships and what they may become.

Cooney said she enjoys that the play tells a real story of things that happen to real people.

"I went online and found various plays that I would be interested in directing, but ‘The Pattern is Broken' really stuck out to me because of the challenge presenting it," Cooney said. "This play involves four people sitting at two tables, and I knew that as a director the cast and I would have to tell an honest story without a lot of movement."

Cooney has been involved with Theatre Northwest since her second trimester at Northwest and performed in seven shows at the University before directing. Directing a Black Box production is a requirement for all speech and theatre education majors, but one Cooney was excited to fulfill.

The show's faculty advisor, Dr. Theophil Ross, said the Northwest's Department of Communication, Theatre and Languages offers several different production levels, from large shows directed by faculty, to the intimate Black Box Theater where students take the director's chair.

Ross said he hopes the Northwest community takes the opportunity to experience different types of theatre and view the talents of exceptional students like Cooney.

"Heather has many strengths but her ability to analyze the text in interesting ways and to realistically portray human behavior and social relationships is best represented in this production," Ross said.

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