American Classic Next for Theater-by-the-Grove

Posted on 2/11/2016 12:57:48 PM

The Hairy Ape Theater-by-the-Grove at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the Eugene O’Neill American classic, The Hairy Ape. Performances will be held February 18–20 and 24–27 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. Performances will take place on the Waller Hall Mainstage of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

The Hairy Ape is O’Neill’s expressionistic examination of modern American life in the 1920s during the rise of corporations and machines. A brutish stoker named Yank leads a happy, animal-like existence on a luxury liner as long as he is working with the coal and fires below deck.

When he has a chance encounter with an out-of-her-element rich girl, Yank is forced to question his identity and his life. He sets off to get revenge on the girl for the perceived insult while simultaneously trying to answer the question, “Where do I belong?” The answers Yank gets on his journey lead simultaneously to comedy and tragedy.

Tickets for The Hairy Ape are available online or on the Lively Arts online ticketing website. They are also available during the day at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus. Tickets may also be purchased with a credit card by calling the HUB Box Office at 724-357-1313. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. 

General admission tickets are priced at $15 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $10 for students and children. 

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu. Theater-by-the-Grove is produced by the Department of Theater and Dance and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association. 

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