Department of Theatre

The Book of Liz

Erica Lane as Sister Donderstock in The Book of Liz
Erica Lane as Sister Elizabeth Donderstock (photo by Frank Trimble)

The Book of Liz by The Talent Family; Amy Sedaris & David Sedaris

Directed by Ed Wagenseller

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. Her Danderfrock fits right in. Things are going great for Liz, until she's offered a promotion to manager. Unfortunately, Liz has a sweating problem, and to get the job, need an operation 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 the new comedy from The Talent Family, David and Amy Sedaris.

Presented by the Department of Theatre in the SRO Theatre located in the Cultural Arts Building; September 16-19 and 23-26; Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for UNCW employees, UNCW alumni and seniors, and $12 for the general public. Tickets are available at the CAB Box Office 90 minutes prior to the performance on the day of the event. Seating is general admission.

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