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01-16-2006


Doug Berky to Perform

 


Doug Berky, a man of many masks.

Williamsburg, Kentucky - His is a "No Show" that everyone welcomes. Mask and movement artist Doug Berky, whose daytime signature performance "No Show" will be presented for students from Williamsburg and Whitley County schools, also promises to astound audiences with Kairos at 7:30 on January 26 in the Kohn Theatre on the University of the Cumberlands campus.

In the evening performance of Kairos, meaning "the hour," Berky tells about the life of Christ through mask, movement and story. He takes the audience on a journey to the first century AD, when a baby was born into a hostile world looking for a conquering Messiah. This child grows into the most remarkable personage in the history of the word, the world that he in fact created, the world that would crucify him.

A master of mime, improvisation, clowning and suspense, Berky's education includes intensive work at the Dell'Arte School of Mime and Comedy in Blue Lake, CA, as well as studies at State University of New York, Oregon State University and Furman University. He has performed around the world, and his 20+ year experience runs the gamut from circus schtick to exploration of historical characters.

In No Show, an actor fails to show for a performance - or does he? Berky demonstrates what might happen if a lone spectator unwittingly finds himself on stage examining the props and masks. The antics of the passing fool provides uproarious entertainment for all.

Tickets for the 7:30 performance of Kairos are available for $10 from the Kohn Theatre Box Office at 539-4535.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. UC offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and 9 pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, non-traditional programs for adults.