Wockenfuss Directs Wisconsin Lutheran College Production of “Romance of the Willow Pattern”

Date Posted: January 28, 2008

MILWAUKEE – Rebecca Lynne Wockenfuss (nee Johnson), a senior at Wisconsin Lutheran College, is directing the theatre department’s production of “Romance of the Willow Pattern” written by Ethel Van Der Veer.  Wockenfuss is the daughter of Russell and Debbie Johnson of Trevor, Wis. 

Based on an old, romantic Chinese legend, Romance of the Willow Pattern is a comic tragedy told in seven fragments about the forbidden love between two young people who find favor in the eyes of the gods and dwell in a state of eternal love on the Blue Willow Pattern Plate.

Wockenfuss selected this play because of the beautiful story, the sophisticated text, the elaborate scenic, lighting, costume and makeup ideas and designs, and the challenge it provided her as a new director.  “We have never done a play like this at WLC,” Wockenfuss says.

“This experience allows me to practice everything I have been learning and observing in my studies as a theatre and education major. I am discovering new things about myself as an educator/director,” says Wockenfuss. “I feel that my Professors here at WLC have thoroughly prepared me to be successful, not only with this project but with any opportunity I may be given in the future.”

The show runs February 14-16 at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre of the Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 West Wisconsin Avenue.  Call the Wisconsin Lutheran College Box Office at (414) 443-8802 for ticket information.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is a liberal arts college located on the west side of Milwaukee.