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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 4, 2009

Petefish-Schrag debuts 'Supergirls! Tales of Life, Love and Captain Nebraska'

Amanda Petefish-Schrag

Amanda Petefish-Schrag

It's not easy being a supergirl - particularly in the middle of Nebraska. In the upcoming premiere of "Supergirls! Tales of Life, Love and Captain Nebraska," four women share the "trials and tribulations of love and superbattles on the Midwestern plains," said Amanda Petefish-Schrag, assistant professor of communication, theatre and languages who also wrote and performs the play.

The Theatre Northwest production begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13, 14, 20 and 21, in the Studio Theatre of the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $8 and are available by visiting or at the door one hour prior to the show.

"The play deals with some of what superhero comics leave out - the awkward pragmatics of superheroing, the glass ceilings, the female perspective on power," Petefish-Schrag said. "But it also deals with the things the comics get right - the burden of power, longing for love and companionship and the reality that nothing lasts forever."

The production features scenic design by Pat Immel and costume design by Margaret Whedon, both assistant professors of communication, theatre and languages. Rachel Dyer is the show's lighting designer, and Anthony Reed is the sound designer. Both students are juniors at Northwest. "Supergirls" also features the work of guest artist Jesse Graber, a nationally known illustrator.

Partial funding for the production has been provided by a gift from DST Systems Inc. of Kansas City.

For additional information or group rates, call 660.562.1321.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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