Musical Premiere Up Next for Keystone Repertory Theater

Posted on 6/2/2014 12:14:06 PM

Hands on a HardbodyKeystone Repertory 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.

Out in 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.

Hands on a Hardbody cast memberIt 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 holders.

Keystone Repertory 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.

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