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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 6, 2012

Theatre Northwest closes 2011-2012 season with ‘Fuddy Meers’

By Cynthia Creek, media assistant

Northwest Missouri State University concludes its main stage series with David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Fuddy Meers,” a quirky farce where laughs abound as secrets are revealed.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, through Saturday, April 14, and 2 p.m., Sunday, April 15, in the Studio Theater located in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building or by calling 660.562.1212. Tickets also may be purchased at the door one hour prior to the show on a first-come, first-served basis as seating is limited.

“Fuddy Meers” depicts Claire, an amnesiac who awakens each morning not knowing anything about who or where she is. When she is kidnapped, she goes on a journey full of characters right out of a fun-house mirror. There’s the too-good-to-be-true husband; a lisping, limping stranger; Claire’s rebellious teenage son; a ventriloquist with his potty-mouthed puppet; and Claire’s mother‚ who speaks in gibberish only she can understand.

Amanda Petefish-Schrag, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, Theater and Language, directs the play.

“I think ‘Fuddy Meers’ is a particularly compelling comedy that is absurdly funny as well as thought-provoking,” Petefish-Schrag said. “We thought the theater students would benefit from working with this text. The audience will enjoy this show because there is a lot to connect with – interesting and funny characters, the mystery of Claire’s amnesia, compelling questions about family and relationships.”

Matt Sweeten, a junior theater performance major from Kansas City who plays Richard, said he enjoys the opportunity to act in “Fuddy Meers” as well as the process of developing a story to which the audience can relate.

“‘Fuddy Meers’ is such a different show from those we’ve done at Northwest,” Sweeten said. “The script is very modern and very funny, but it tackles real issues that are relevant to society today,” Sweeten, said. “Richard spouts out lines that seem to come straight from a Dr. Phil show.”

For more information, contact Petefish-Schrag at 660.562.1045 or, or visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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