Let Me Count the Ways

Alex Schaaf

Three distinguished Lawrence theater alumni will be returning this week for a Friday night performance in the Cloak Theatre. P.K. Allen (’65), Liz Megan Cole (’63) and Ted Katzoff (’65) will perform “Let Me Count the Ways,” a staged reading of many different works.
“It’s a compilation of a bunch of different poems and sections of stories,” said stage manager Allie-Marie McGuire. “For example, there’s a poem by e.e. cummings in there; there’s also an excerpt from ‘The Pickwick Papers,’ which is by Dickens,” said the sophomore.
Allen, Cole and Katzoff complied the reading, an adaptation of “Pleasure and Repentance” by British stage director Terry Hands.
Katzoff visited Lawrence last year to give a special presentation for the theater department. After graduation he went on to do some fight choreography, so he came with another alumnus and did a demonstration.
But as far as these three alumni performing together, this is the first time it has happened, said McGuire.
Richmond Friedlund, a lead organizer of the performance, commented, “The three alumni have followed very different paths, but each credits their time at Lawrence as the springboard for their careers.”
Friedlund continued, “They want to share some of their experiences with another generation of Lawrentians.”
Kathy Privatt, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, added, “They’re coming back to perform because they have a passion for this school and what they do.”
The performance will take place Friday, Oct. 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the Cloak Theatre. The performance is free and open to the public.
“Let Me Count the Ways” is funded by the Marguerite Schumann ,’44, Memorial Lectureship, which sponsors speakers on topics that were of special interest to her such as history, music and writing.
A discussion will follow the production.