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September 13, 2004
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
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Stand on Your Man at Kean University

UNION, N.J. – Kean University will host Shawn McConneloug and her Orchestra’s presentation of Stand On Your Man, a hilarious look at the world of love and loss and cheating – country style – on Friday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre, at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J.

Combining contemporary dance, words, music, film and video to enlighten and entertain, Shawn McConneloug and her Orchestra celebrate country and western music while challenging the way Americans look at relationships and gender expectations. In Stand On Your Man, the company pays homage to the once and future queen of brave-faced heartache, Tammy Wynette, as she ropes and rides, and loves and loses her way through the West. Gender-bending performances feature yodeling, dancing lassos, bucking broncos, and country-western vocals to send up just the right amount of campy fun. “Picture the wild and wicked West as an alternative universe where cowgirls with attitude wrassle (sic) some powerful traditions to the ground,” wrote Linda Shapiro of St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Minnesota-based Shawn McConneloug and her Orchestra was formed in 1993, and has since been performing at notable venues all over the country to rave reviews. They have also been honored with numerous awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship and a prestigious Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship.

Kean University’s Theatre Management and Programming Office received two grants to help bring this unique presentation to Wilkins Theatre. One is from ArtsCONNECT, a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation grant, and the other is from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project.

Tickets are $25 for the public; $21 for seniors and alumni; and $17 for students. Black-and-white and color photographs are available upon request. For further information, to order tickets, or request a brochure, call the Wilkins Theatre Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469).