UK Theatre taking ‘Dispute’ to Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Maddy Williamson, Hannah Nall, Peter Thomas LaPrade, and Shalisha Brace rehearse for the University of Kentucky Theatre's production of  Pierre de Marivaux's "The Dispute," which they will present at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland Aug. 11 to 14. Photo by Dana Lynne Rogers.

Maddy Williamson, Hannah Nall, Peter LaPrade, and Shalisha Brace rehearse for the University of Kentucky Theatre’s production of Pierre de Marivaux’s “The Dispute,” which they will present at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland Aug. 11 to 14. Photo by Dana Lynne Rogers.

The University of Kentucky Theatre is heading across the pond to present an adaptation of Pierre de Marivaux’s The Dispute at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, next week.

The Fringe Festival is the world’s largest arts festival taking place over three weeks and hundreds of venues in the Scottish capitol.

The UK contingent is made up of theater department chair and show director Nancy Jones, production designer Tony Hardin and these 12 students:

  • Nicolás Acosta, from Bogotá, Colombia
  • Jessica Agro (junior), Bowling Green, theater and arts administration major
  • Shalisha Brace (senior), Hazard, theater
  • Emily Cole (sophomore), Chicago, theater
  • Liz Ellis (senior), College Station, Texas;  theater and arts administration
  • Shermaine Johns ­Dorsey (senior), Louisville, theater
  • Peter LaPrade (senior), Marietta, Ga.; theater
  • Hannah Nall (junior), Louisville, theater and elementary education
  • Kaitlyn Noble (senior), Corbin, theater and integrated strategic communication
  • Kelsie Potter (senior), Worthington, integrated strategic communication and English
  • Daylin Tone (senior), Burbank, Calif.; theater
  • Madeline Williamson (junior), Coronado, Calif.; theater

“It’s a great resume builder for after college,” Noble said of the trip, in a UK news release. “It shows that we’ve had several opportunities in our training.”

The Dispute will play August 11 to 14 at Greenside @ Royal Terrace, which has a quote from The Guardian on its website dubbing it one of the most “charming” venues at the Fringe Festival. According to the UK release, the play attempts to answer the question of fidelity in love with the story of a runaway bride on her wedding day. It also says that UK hopes to tour the show in the United States after it returns from Scotland.

For those who want to follow the journey, UK Theatre has a Facebook page and Twitter feed devoted to The Dispute.

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