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The Reed College theatre department will perform Velcro, six one-act plays by David Ives, on the Reed theatre mainstage at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 12, 13, and 14. The plays, directed by Reed theatre professor Kathleen Worley, explore a fanciful world of shifting time, changing relationships, and the multiple peculiarities of language. Characters range from yuppies to monkeys and settings from a 50th-floor construction site to the classroom of a "Universal Language" school. Tickets are $5 general, $3 for seniors, and $1 for members of the Reed community. For ticket reservations, please call the Reed College theatre box office at 503/777-7284.

The six plays include Seven Menus, a series of changing relationships around a restaurant table; Mere Mortals, lunch hour secrets on a construction site 50 flights up; Long Ago and Far Away, a winter's tale of shifting time and identity; Words, Words, Words, three monkeys attempt to type Hamlet; English Made Simple, a look at cocktail party language; and Universal Language, adventures in an alternative language designed to unite "alla da peepholes enda vooold."

David Ives has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1994 George and Elizabeth Marton Playwriting award and the Outer Critics John Gassner Playwriting award. New York magazine named him one of the "100 Smartest New Yorkers." A graduate (M.F.A.) of Yale Drama School, Ives has had his works performed by Primary Stages and Ensemble Studio Theatre as well as Manhattan Punch Line's Festival of One-Act Comedies. Ives has written several "End Paper" essays for The New York Times Magazine and 14 of his plays have been published in one volume by Vintage Press under the title All in the Timing.