Duquesne University Stages Summer Productions
Duquesne University's seasonal theater group, The Summer Company, has stepped into an ambitious schedule this year, adding a third stage production to the two it generally produces each summer.The 2006 summer season will begin with the George Bernard Shaw classic, Pygmalion, running June 1-3 and June 8-10. Noel Coward's Relative Values will be performed July 13-15 and July 20-22. For the first time in its history, The Summer Company will stage a third show, Long Day's Journey into Night, on Sept. 14-16 and Sept. 21-23.
Synopses of the plays follow.
George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion
June 1-3 and 8-10
Perhaps Shaw's best-known work and the basis for the musical, My Fair Lady, the play satirizes wealth, class and societal structures.
The Saturday, June 3, performance of Pygmalion is a fund-raising event to benefit the Keenan/Lane Scholarship Fund. A $25 ticket admits theatergoers to the performance and an after-party from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Gypsy Café on the South Side. All proceeds will go to the Keenan/Lane Scholarship, which was created to benefit outstanding members of the Red Masquers troupe and/or theater arts students. To reserve tickets, send checks with "Keenan/Lane Scholarship" in the memo line to: John Lane, English Department, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15282. For more information, call 412.396.6420.
Noel Coward's Relative Values
July 13-15 and July 20-22
Relative Values follows the lives of a wealthy British family after the eldest son brings home a popular Hollywood starlet and the family matriarch tries to split them up while maintaining dignity and decorum.
Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night
Sept. 14-16 and Sept. 21-23
Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O'Neill has called this autobiographical account of his dysfunctional home life "a play of old sorrow, written in tears and blood." It examines family dynamics strained by illness, emotional instability and substance abuse.
All Summer Company productions are performed in the Peter Mills Theater of Rockwell Hall on the Duquesne University campus and begin at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 general admission, $10 for students and seniors. For more information or for tickets, call 412.396.4997.
This semi-professional company, created in 1992 by John E. Lane, director of the Duquesne University's theater arts department, and other area professionals, is housed at Duquesne and employs local professionals each summer season. Besides bringing quality productions of classical works to the stage, the company serves as a bridge program for advanced theater arts students who have the opportunity to work with a professional cast and crew.
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