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Duquesne’s Red Masquers Celebrating 100th Anniversary

Duquesne University's Red Masquers, the oldest amateur theater company in the city of Pittsburgh, is celebrating its 100th season this year and will showcase all new and original works.

"We want to recognize our past and the wonderful, thrilling contributions we have given to the Pittsburgh theater scene in the past 100 years," said John Lane, director of theater arts and Red Masquers director. "However, we are not able to fulfill our mission by just celebrating our past, so all of our productions for this year will be world premieres."

The upcoming Be Our Guest is a comedy about a couple concealing their marriage from their crazy family members. The farce highlights ridiculous characters such as a father who is a First Lady impersonator and a sister who will not let their dead, taxidermied dog leave her side.

Opening night is Thursday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. The show runs from Oct. 11 to 13 and Oct. 18 to 20.

Other productions for the centennial season include:

  • Dec. 5-8, the 33rd annual One Acts for Charity. This series of one-act plays is written, directed and produced by current Duquesne students. All proceeds are donated to charity.
  • Jan. 19, the Red Masquers' Cabaret. This performance will feature popular songs from overlooked composers.
  •  Feb. 7-9 and Feb. 14-16, Duquesne alumnus David Katzin's American Tragedy. This play revolves around the Astor Place riots in New York City in 1849 that left at least 25 dead and the Astor Place Theater in ruins.
  • April 11-13 and April 21-23, March, the final show of the season. Written by alumnus Matt Smith, March tells the story of a pair of witches dwelling in the basement of a local high school who are forced to deal with a newcomer after centuries of tradition.

General admission tickets, $5 for children, $10 for adults, will be sold at the door to the Peter Mills Auditorium, Rockwell Hall. Tickets to all performances are free with a Duquesne ID, Carlow ID or Red Masquers Card.

For more information, contact the 100th Anniversary Chair Vickie Lecci  at lecciv@duq.edu or visit the Red Masquers Blog at redmasquers.blogspot.com.

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