Department of Theater and Dance, will produce two uniquely different plays this summer related to old-style news media—the printed newspaper. Both will be performed in Waller Hall’s Studio Theater in June, coinciding with the 2010 Summer session of classes at IUP.
Bat Boy, a chamber musical ripped from the headlines of the tabloid Weekly World News, is directed by award-winning student Nick Hrutkay. Hrutkay focuses in on the black and white “gothic” setting of fictional Hope Falls, West Virginia, where a “bat boy” has been discovered in a local cave.
This is not one for children, and contains situations and language to which some audience may object and could find disturbing. This very dark musical comedy-tragedy will be performed June 4–5, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. and June 6 at 2:00 p.m.
The Lady With All the Answers is likewise ripped from the newspapers. Theater professor Barb Blackledge plays Esther “Eppie” Pauline Friedman Lederer, the popular, humorous, and down-to-earth person behind the inherited name of Ann Landers. Under the name of Landers, Lederer wrote the column for nearly six decades starting in 1945.
This one-woman show is a biographical sketch very popular with audiences around the nation. Subject matter ranges across many of the topics of the column, and Eppie doesn’t pull punches, so this is not recommended for children. Performances will be June 17–20 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets for both productions are available now at the Hadley Union Building starting and are $7 regular admission, $6 for senior citizens, and $4 for students. Tickets are also available through IUP Tickets. For additional information, please contact The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating for both productions is limited, and advance purchase is highly recommended.
KRT is IUP’s Summer Theater-by-the-Grove. Founded in the 1990s as an incubator for new works, KRT has always had a mission to serve the needs of the university community and, by extension, the local area and tourism as well. When most university funding for KRT was redirected in 2002, KRT went on hiatus. Since then, the Department of Theater and Dance has used funding from the Student Cooperative Association to continue the mission of KRT with student-produced and -directed productions. Productions of The Tempest and Shakespeare’s R&J, among others, have been featured. KRT has also supported some of the public offerings of the department’s theater-for-youth program, Footlight Players.