Morningside College to present dark comedy “Octopus”

October 31, 2018, in Latest News, Theatre

The Morningside College Department of Performing Arts will present the adult dark comedy “Octopus” at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 through 10 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 in Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Ave.

In “Octopus,” a young gay couple engages in a hastily planned night of sex with an older gay couple and subsequently deals with jealousy, betrayal, telegrams from a soaking wet delivery boy and a sea monster. The play moves from domestic comedy into a darkly surreal fable that examines the depth of commitment in relationships.

Amy Jackson, a senior from Cape Coral, Fla., is directing the production. Morningside student cast members include Brock Bourek, a senior from Columbus, Neb., as “Kevin”; Engels Perez, a junior from Bogota, Colombia, as “Blake”; Jared Kamrath, a junior from South Sioux City, Neb., as “Max”; and Riley Liljenquist, a senior from North Sioux City, S.D., as “Andy.” Gabriel Griesel from Sioux City appears as “Telegram Delivery Boy.”

Student members of the production’s technical crew include Katelyn Stewart, a junior from Crofton, Neb., stage manager; Joey Volquartsen, a senior from Stanton, Iowa, costume and props designer; Annalee Dorsey, a junior from Kansas City, Kan., lighting designer, set designer and assistant stage manager; Jared Martin, a senior from Humphrey, Neb., audio designer; Chelby Dull, a freshman from Idalia, Colo., public relations; Hailey Barrus, a sophomore from Belmond, Iowa, wardrobe; Katsunori Baba, a senior from Fukuoka, Japan, wardrobe; Jason Latta, a senior from Greeley, Colo., soundboard operator; and Sydney Bauer, a sophomore from Ida Grove, Iowa, house manager.  

Tickets are $7 at the door. The production is intended for a mature audience due to sexual situations, profanity and adult themes.