Theater, IUP’s summer theater, will present the Pennsylvania premiere of the
musical comedy Hands on a Hardbody. Performances are June 12–14, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. and June 15 at 2:00 p.m.
outside at the Flagstone Amphitheater, rain or shine.
In this telling of a true
story, nine Texans compete for a brand new truck with only humor and the American
dream to keep them fighting. The book is by Pulitzer Prize-winning Doug Wright,
and music is by Trey Anastasio of the band Phish and Amanda Green. The show, chockfull of small-town values, is directed by KRT artistic director Nick
Hrutkay, an IUP alumnus.
the elements for days on end and armed with nothing but hope, humor, and
ambition, each contestant fights to keep at least one hand on a brand new truck
in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody, only one winner can
drive away with the American Dream.
The cast, made up of 14
IUP students and alumni, will perform outside in the spirit of the original
competition, with all performances held at the Flagstone Amphitheater, outside
of Wallwork Hall on the IUP campus.
It will be held rain or
shine, and audience members are invited to bring a lawn chair or their favorite
picnic blanket to enjoy the show. Some cover will be available for audience
members in case of rain.
This play contains
language to which some audience members may object.
Tickets for all the shows
are available now online, and at the Hadley Union Box Office located on
Pratt Drive on the IUP campus, or by calling 724-357-1313. Seats remaining will
be available starting 45 minutes before each performance.
Tickets are priced at $14
for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens, and $10 for students and I-Card
Theater is under the direction
of Hrutkay, with longtime Indiana resident Cheryl Randal as
managing director. It is produced by the IUP
Department of Theater and Dance and funded, in part, by the Student Cooperative
Association and private donations.
The Lively Arts