|UND couple write and perform one-act play|
Richard Schultz (Electrical Engineering) and CK Braun-Schultz (College of Business and Public Administration) were introduced and set up on a blind date in 2000; three years later they were married. Three years after that, the couple explored the possibility of participating in a playwriting course, taught by Kathleen McLennan (Theatre). As a result, the couple has written a one-act play called "Compromising Positions," which will premiere at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, July 19-30. In preparation for the fringe festival, the couple will also perform the play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, July 12-13, at the Burtness Lab Theatre.
As two very independent-minded people who married later in life, the couple quickly found that marriage was more difficult than anticipated. The Schultz’s often found themselves wondering, “What keeps a marriage together?” It is that very question that led to the creation of the play, "Compromising Positions." The original play consists of three characters, Tom and Isabelle, two newlyweds who struggle in their search for marital bliss, and a marriage therapist who helps the couple explore the meaning of the word compromise. Yet, as the story unfolds, Tom and Isabelle explore what it really takes to have a successful relationship and just how far you will –- or will not –- go to compromise. Tom and Isabelle confront their hot button issues and are left with the realization that when placed in a compromising position, love may not conquer all.
Although this real married couple claims the show is not autobiographical (wink, wink), they do believe the relationship issues in "Compromising Positions" are universal. "Even though Tom and Isabelle have specific arguments that cause interruptions in their relationship, it is the journey the couple has to go through to find compromise that is applicable to anyone who has been in a relationship. Whether you’re married, single, or want to be single again, this story exposes the truth about marriage, the cost of compromise, and what to do when trying to find the middle ground,” CK Braun-Schultz explains.
The show is free and open to the public July 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m., UND Burtness Lab Theatre. The show is not suitable for children 16 years of age and younger.
For more information about "Compromising Positions" or the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, please contact CK Braun-Schultz at 777-6937 or e-mail email@example.com