EMU Presenting Student-Directed ‘Epic’ Play

Theater at EMU is presenting a student-directed play, “ANON(ymous),” by Naomi Iizuka, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 5 and 11 and 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Studio Theater of the University Commons.

In the play, a contemporary take on the adventures of Odysseus from Homer’s epic tale, a young refugee called Anon enters the U.S. by being swept ashore, having survived a boat crash. Like a contemporary Odysseus from Homer’s epic tale, Anon must live by his wits, his instincts, fortitude and humor to survive.

Junior Steve Kniss directs actors junior Brent Anders and sophomore Brandon Habron. (Photo: Erika Babikow)

Steve Kniss, an EMU junior vocal performance and digital media major from Chicago, Ill., is directing the 11-member cast with an original score and sound design by Michael Swartzendruber, a junior theology and philosophy major from Kalona, Iowa. (Read Steve’s article on directing in The Weather Vane, EMU’s student newspaper.)

This stunning lyrical saga is unflinching in its gritty determination to come at you with the absurdities of life. “Anon” ricochets off one chaotic situation, then slam bangs into another. It’s a dream. It’s a nightmare. It’s life. It’s the stuff of epic adventures – and real ones.

Tickets and other information

General admission to the one act, 90-minute play is $5 at the door. Advance tickets are available by calling the EMU theater office, 540-432-4360 or email: theater@emu.edu.