College of Arts and Sciences


  • Clay and Gottberg Collaborate on New Play

    September 16, 2011

    Fine Arts Professors Carol Wolfe Clay, designer, and Ki Gottberg, playwright, collaborated on “little world,” which opens on Oct. 6. The play uses puppetry and humor to explore the complex issues associated with grieving.

    The play begins with a woman who imagines her own little world, a safe retreat where she can hide from all that is cruel. Instead, she finds in her fantasy a little world with three smoking French men, a dancing sock lizard, other puppets, and others who take her deep into what she wants to avoid.

    “little world” stems from the personal experiences of its creators, whose families are coping with trauma. Both Clay and Gottberg found their children admitted to Seattle Children’s hospital in serious conditions. Clay’s 17-year-old son broke his neck while wrestling. Shortly thereafter, Gottberg’s 12-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer.

    Gottberg and Clay have been on the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences for more than 20 years.

    “little world,” which recommended for mature audiences, runs October 6 – 29 at the Lee Center for the Arts. A donation of $15 is recommended. Details here.

    “little world” was developed as a Seattle University Summer Stretch Project and is supported by a Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs City Artist Projects 2011 grant. This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association Members’ Project Code.

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees, including an MFA in Arts Leadership.


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