Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 15, 2006

Gonzaga Students to Perform "Weaving Our Sisters' Voices" March 1 at Whitworth

Gonzaga University students will present Weaving Our Sisters' Voices, a performance of dance, music and poetry, on Wednesday, March 1, from 8-9 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth College. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3707.

In the performance, students use story and dance to depict the lives of Vashti, Jochebed, Miriam and 10 other women, named and unnamed, from biblical times, in an exploration of the women's connections to contemporary themes. The students are presenting the performance throughout the Spokane area during spring 2006.

Weaving Our Sisters' Voices was created through an artistic collaboration between Gonzaga University professors Linda Schearing and Robert Spittal, and Suzanne Ostersmith, an adjunct instructor at Gonzaga and Whitworth.

Ostersmith, director and choreographer of Weaving our Sisters' Voices, is director of the dance minors at Gonzaga and Whitworth. She directed and choreographed Gonzaga's productions of Zink, Pippin and Medieval Mysteries, a production that was developed by Whitworth Professor of English Doug Sugano. Ostersmith also choreographed Whitworth's productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Godspell.

Schearing, who wrote Weaving Our Sisters' Voices, is a professor of Hebrew Scriptures in Gonzaga's religious studies department. She lectures and writes on biblical women and their interpretation and is the co-author and editor of Eve and Adam: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Readings on Genesis and Gender (Indiana University Press, 1999).

Spittal, the production's composer, is chair of the music department at Gonzaga and is conductor of the university's wind ensemble. Spittal composed the musical soundtracks to the dance-dramas The Honorable Urashimo Taro and Medieval Mysteries. Spittal was also music director and conductor of the orchestras for the productions Pippin and Manifest Destiny.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Jennifer Toulouse-Lee, theatre department program assistant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3707 or jtoulouse-lee@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3280 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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