Iowa State University
News Index September 16, 2003


ISU production is a "lightning-fast farce."


"A lightning-fast farce" will be presented by Iowa State University Theatre when "Incorruptible" hits the Fisher Theater stage in early October.

"Incorruptible," the Michael Hollinger-penned play, has been called "rich in both verbal and physical humor." It's the 13th century and the local monastery in Priseaux, France, is running out of money. Saint Foy ("faith" in English), the monastery's patron saint, hasn't worked a miracle in 13 years.

All eyes turn to the Pope whose visit will surely restore the abbey to its former glory by encouraging other pilgrims to make the trek. That is, until a rival church claims to possess the relics of Saint Foy - and their bones are working miracles.

All seems lost until the destitute monks learn an outrageous new way to pay old debts.

Robin Stone, assistant professor in ISU Theatre, is the play's director. When "Incorruptible" was first presented in the form of a staged reading in 1992, Stone was Hollinger's assistant and was part of that original performance.

"Hollinger creates a metaphor to offer a perspective on faith and how we rationalize our actions," Stone says. "The themes and questions can be applied to many situations we face in all aspects of our lives, our culture, and our society. Like a coil, faith resists when pressed and loses its integrity when stretched to far."

"Incorruptible" features Iowa State actors Jason Hurts, Derek Paper, Nate Zobel, Clayton Johnson, Scott Morehead, Jennifer Phillips, Allison Heckley and Megan Powers.

The farce will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3-4 and 10, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 12.

Tickets are $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5.50 for students and children.