Duquesne Theater Arts Associate Professor John E. Lane Jr. directs Savage Lands: A Colonial Comedy, written by Duquesne University alumnus Timothy Ruppert.

Savage Lands: A Colonial Comedy runs Thursday, Feb. 20, through Saturday, Feb. 29, at Duquesne University's Genesius Theater, adjacent to the Mary Pappert School of Music. Wednesday through Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinee performance will begin at 2 p.m.

In the play, sisters Penelope and Virginia, living in colonial Schenectady, struggle to survive now that Penny's husband, Cecil, has been abducted by Mohawks (or run away with another woman, depending on your perspective). But just as a murderous criminal mastermind arrives in town, a letter from England reveals that Penelope has inherited a fortune. Should she stay in New York, close to the handsome Colonel Dallas and to a life of adventure, or sail for home? A romantic rival, a conniving smuggler, and a love-crazed turkey help the sisters to make the decisions of their lives.

Ruppert received his Ph.D. in British Literature from Duquesne University and currently is an instructor at Slippery Rock University in their English Department. His first produced play was a one-act, Vivienne, staged by the Heritage Players at the 2000 Pittsburgh New Works Festival. He received a nomination for Best Playwright in that year's Pittsburgh New Works Festival competition.

Ruppert's first full-length production was The Consorts, staged by the Red Masquers and remounted by the Summer Company in 2016. The work received a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Savage Lands began as a ten-minute play performed at the 2014 Future Ten Play Festival in Pittsburgh. The play was inspired by Charlotte Lennox's 1790 epistolary novel Euphemia.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 (plus $1.99 online fee) through www.duqredmasquers.com or at the door.

Press may contact Erin Fulton for media and ticket reservations at fultoneFREEDUQUESNE


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February 14, 2020