ST. CLOUD -- St. Cloud State University is showing the play "Wives, Goddesses, and Slaves" this week at the Performing Arts Center.

Mara Johnson and Abbey Oelke have lead roles in a play they say tackles women's issues from both a dramatic and comedic angle.

"We have very serious scenes and we have very comical scenes to give it a nice balance," Johnson says.

"[The play features] real life scenarios...that deal with issues with men but also issues like not feeling good enough in society's views of how we are," Oelke says.

The play's director, Vladimir Rovinsky, made the play a more collaborative effort, with the actors free to improvise their parts.

"This is a very different show because we didn't get a script," Johnson says.

"We came in...and started improvising scenes that we felt we wanted to address."

"It was really cool to develop our own ideas of what we wanted," Oelke says.

Despite the comical clowning, "Wives, Goddesses, and Slaves" is definitely not recommended for young children.

"It's intense at times," Oelke says.

"And at other times [the audience] will be rolling on the floor laughing because it's so ridiculous at times."

"Wives, Goddesses, and Slaves" opens on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. and runs through Saturday.

Photo by Isaac Schweer, WJON