C of I alum brings play to Langroise stage

Jef Petersen ’04 is bringing his new play, An Elaborate System of Ropes and Pulleys, to the Langroise Center Studio Theatre at 7 p.m. for one performance. The show is free but a small donation, if you’re able, to help cover some of the travel expenses for the troupe, is appreciated.

Petersen, a faculty member at Lewis-Clark State College brings this mind-bending play which tells the story of a jaded and emotionally aloof string theory physicist, Tess, who finds herself mysteriously shifting through time and space as she grapples with the loss of a loved one. Tess discovers that her scientific world is not orderly, but is in fact controlled by a vague and elaborate system of ropes and pulleys, with which she must reconcile her beliefs and understanding of self.

The original production is a collaborative effort between LCSC and the University of Idaho and features original live music and puppetry to create the world of the play. Viewer discretion is advised as the production contains adult material not suitable for young children.

Check out a trailer for the show:


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