THE UAF COSTUME SHOP
If you should ever be in Fairbanks…..
Or if you are a UAF student who is in search of that kind of Twin Peaks weirdness that is a specialty of the UAF campus,you need to search out the Theatre UAF Costume,s Shop. If you are coming from off-campus there is an endurance contest we make you go through: you have to park in the mud unpaved Taku parking lot and then ascend the Taku slalom slope which winds up the hill at a steep angle covered in ice…after that you are officially a “guest” on campus.
Once you are at the top you go right, till you see the second set of loading dock doors, the one with the white UAF bear on a blue background, go past that door to the entrance to the right of the bear door, and turn left, and go downstairs into the Twilight Zone, better known as Theatre UAF. If you come from on campus, what you do is go to the Great Hall, go down the stairs on the far left, down a few more and then you see this:
The Graffiti Hallway
Down, down you go again into this black, graffiti-strewn hall with the glowing white floor. At the end is a temporary wall, beyond which is only a sucking black void (you who have not been there think I’m making this up-I’m not, the building air system makes this creepy howling noise beyond the wall where a former underground tunnel, supposedly partly collapsed, once used to lead to the old Taku stairs). Overcome your fears and stop reading the walls, and go almost to the end of the hall, and look right. If you look closely, you’ll see a doorknob inside the black wall.
Grab it and open.
Then you will be in “The Subway.”
This is yet another dark, strange hallway (I swear I think theatre students turn off all but the safety lights, because it makes the backstage area look “cool” and scares the freshmen).