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U of I Theatre Stages Coming-of-Age ‘Up Chimacum Creek’ Starting Jan. 30

January 17, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — Jan. 17, 2019 — A coming-of-age story about life, love and loss in the Pacific Northwest gets its world premiere in the University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts’ production of “Up Chimacum Creek.”

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 1-2, and 2 p.m. Feb. 2-3 at the Forge Theater, 404 Sweet Ave., Moscow. Tickets are free for U of I students and $10-15 for the public. All 2 p.m. matinees are “pay what you can” pricing. Tickets are available from the Department of Theatre Arts at 208-885-6465 or in Suite 201 of Shoup Hall on the U of I campus; or at the door 30 minutes before curtain. There will be a discussion with the cast and crew immediately following the performance Thursday, Jan. 31.

Written by Ben Gonzales and directed by Justin Cerne, both students in U of I’s Master of Fine Arts online distance-learning program, the play explores male friendship and competition through a group of friends as they move from adolescence to adulthood.

The play is deeply personal, said Gonzales, who lives in Warrensburg, Missouri. He grew up in a small Washington town where he experienced the freedom of running wild with his pack of friends. Gonzales, who is Portuguese and Norwegian, said he experienced subtle racism as well.

“There are a lot of little truths in the play,” Gonzales said.

Cerne lives in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and is on campus to direct the play as part of his coursework. When not studying for his master’s degree, he serves as the artistic director of Theatre Workshop of Nantucket.

Featured in the play are Cesar Reyes, Joseph Winder, Andre Szarmach, Tim Malm, Andrew Yoder and Olivia Longin, and understudies Carly Youmans and Jose Aguayo, all students in the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences.

More information on the play and other upcoming productions is available at

Media Contact

Kelly O’Neill
Media Relations, Department of Theatre Arts

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