Nov. 16-20: 'The Book of Liz' Opens at Augustana Theatre

Event Details

Date: November 15 - November 19, 2011

Times: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16-19 | 2:30 p.m., Nov. 19-20

Location: Edith Mortenson Center Theatre

Ticket Info: $12 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens |

The Augustana Department of Performing and Visual Arts will present "The Book of Liz," a laugh-a-minute play on the adventures of Sister Elizabeth Donderstock, cheese balls, a restaurant and customers. The play runs Nov. 16-20 at the on-campus Edith Mortenson Center Theatre.

Sister Elizabeth Donderstock is Squeamish – has been her whole life. She makes cheese balls (traditional and smoky) that sustain the existence of her entire religious community, Clusterhaven. However, she feels unappreciated among her Squeamish brethren, and she decides to try her luck in the outside world. Along the way, she meets a Cockney-speaking Ukrainian immigrant couple who find her a job waiting tables at Plymouth Crock, a family restaurant run almost entirely by recovering alcoholics.

The alcoholics love her. The customers love her. Things are going great for Liz, until she's offered a promotion to manager. Unfortunately, she has a sweating problem, and to get the job, she'll have to fix it.

Meanwhile, back at Clusterhaven, Liz's compatriots just can't seem to duplicate her cheese ball recipe, and it's going to cost them their quaint, cloistered lifestyle. They are panic-stricken and desperate, and sure she sabotaged the recipe.

Does Liz go through with the operation? Can the Squeamish be saved? Will the cheese balls ever taste good again? The answers to these and so many other questions can be found in this comedy written by David Sedaris and Amy Sedaris and directed by Augustana’s Dan Workman.

Augustana’s student cast includes: Glynnis Kunkel '13 (North Mankato, Minn.), Kayla Straub '12 (Ashland, Mo.), Jared Mitchell '13 (Welch, Minn.) and Bryan Okerlund '13 (Sauk Centre, Minn.).

Performances are in the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Nov.16-19 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19-20. The performance on Thursday, Nov. 17, will be interpreted for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at or by calling 605.274.5320.