Lives of women explored in pair of CSN plays

Karen Hartman’s pair of plays about women in restrictive societies will be staged by the Fine Arts Department of the College of Southern Nevada.

Performances of “Gum” and “The Mother of Modern Censorship” are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18 in the BackStage Theatre at the Cheyenne Campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas.

General admission is $10; $8 for students and seniors. For reservations, call 651-5483.

“These stories, both tragic and humorous, are about the impact of fundamentalist societies on the lives of women. ‘Gum,’ a play that is as controversial as it is poetic, explores the need to tame nature in a fictional country where every desire has its price. ‘The Mother of Modern Censorship’ is a political comedy dealing with the imperfect humans charged with ensuring a state’s ‘pure’ society,” says director Sarah O’Connell. “Both are a rare opportunity for the Vegas community to experience exceptional work by one of America’s most promising female playwrights.”

The set and lights are by professional designer Axis deBruyn; costume design is by Meda Braker.

As with most college productions, “these plays are not for the faint of heart,” says Joe Hammond, CSN professor and play producer. There will be nudity in the show as well as adult situations, thereby restricting access to patrons 18 and older, unless accompanied by an adult.

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