Public Event

Stage Company’s February production: Miller and the Jabberwock

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Date(s) - 02/10/2017 - 02/19/2017
7:30 pm

The Varsity Center



The Stage Company in association with WSIU presents

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!”

from “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll

We’re featuring the work of local, award-winning playwright and Emeritus professor of playwrighting at SIUC, David Rush, in this gripping and timely play which explores echoes of the Holocaust in the modern world. Miller and the Jabberwock tells the story of controversial political science professor Dr. Fred Miller. Miller has been accused of ant-Semitism by an undergraduate and, after his class is taken away, he takes action to get it-and his reputation-back. The play also features well-known local actor Kim Curlee in the lead role.

Written by David Rush

Directed by Elyse Pineau


 February 10-12 and 17-19

Miller and the Jabberwock plays at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

The Varsity Center,

418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale, Illinois


Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased online any time at Beginning Friday, February 3, tickets can be purchased at The Varsity Center box office, 418 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and one hour before performances.


Call 618-549-5466 or visit for ticket information and purchase.


About the play:

Fred Miller, a senior professor at a Midwestern university, has been charged with Anti-semitism in his classroom by a student who is a holocaust descendant. The University is holding a hearing today to see whether or not Miller should be removed from his class. We follow him through the course of this decisive day as he examines his life and career. The play gets its name from the fact that before Miller’s day starts, he has a dream in which he is fighting with the Jabberwock from Lewis Carroll’s well-known poem.

Cast and crew:

Director: Elyse Pineau

Assistant Director: Rita Medina

Professor Fred Miller: Kim Curlee

Rivkah Brownstein: Tricia Burns

Helen Allison: Jodie Salazar

Gene Harrison: Greg Aldrich

Ginny Miller, Dept. Secretary, Benefits Clerk: Sarah Dubach

Charles Clark (Dept. Chair), Dean Steven Reynolds: Antonio Salazar

Dan Molina, Student Reporter, Television Reporter: Jack Rose

Betty Redman, Monica Robbins: Elise Wheaton

Mr. Winston, Folksinger: Van Ikner

Ken, Darrin Getz (Assistant Dean): Sam Foskey

Stage Manager: Jenn Caudell

Sound Design: Greg Evers

Light Design: Brandyn McGhee

About the writer:

David Rush is retired from his position as Head of Playwriting at SIU’s department of theatre. This play was originally produced by Stage Left Theater in Chicago, where it was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best New Play. Rush has had his work produced by theaters around the country. His most recent work, Nureyev’s Eyes was done this year at the George Street Playhouse (NJ).

                                             About the director:

Elyse Pineau is a retired professor of Communication Studies at SIUC where her stagework included adapting and directing novels for the Marion Kleinau Theatre, staging new student plays with the Playwright’s Workshop, and touring her original one person shows around the country. A longtime colleague of David Rush, she has appeared in many staged readings of his plays, most recently with Kevin Purcell in To My Dear Wife, based on letters from the Civil War. This is her first production with The Stage Company and she is looking forward to working with the community.