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UI Theatre Arts Presents Staged Reading: “The Road Through Damascus”

September 08, 2016

The University of Idaho Theatre Arts Department presents three staged readings of “The Road through Damascus,” a quirky love letter to the odd charms of a small town and its unique inhabitants, at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16-17 and at 2 p.m. on Sept. 18 at The Forge Theater, 404 Sweet Avenue, Moscow. The reading is free for University of Idaho students and $10 for the public. Tickets are available 30 minutes before curtain.

Playwright Robert Macke, who lives in Cleves, Ohio, is a UI College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences distance education student and MFA candidate in playwriting. He penned his script as a surreal love letter to unconventional characters. Inspired by the classic play, “Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder, with a twist of “Welcome to Night Vale,” “Damascus” embodies charming oddness with a bit of mystery winding through its streets.

Just like Macke, the script has evolved greatly since its first production in 2014 at Northern Kentucky University as Macke’s senior project. Originally attracted to the theater through acting, he appeared in high school plays and pursued performance in college until a dismal audition made him question his decision. A professor suggested he try playwriting. Macke found his creative voice and hasn’t looked back.

He is involved in Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he contributes to “Serials” and Clifton Performance Theater, also in Cincinnati, which opens a three-week full production of “The Road through Damascus” on Sept. 16.

The reading of “The Road Though Damascus” will be directed by Theatre Arts MFA candidate Christina Holaday and includes UI students César Reyes, Alexa Lamers, Kymber Dodd, Steve Wesner, Bryce Gowey, Mitchel Rowyer and Evelyn Gorski.

For more information, contact Theatre Arts at 208-885-6465 or visit

Media Contact:

Kelly O’Neill
Media Relations, Theatre Arts Department

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