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Red Masquers Open Theater Season with I Am a Camera

Themes of anti-Semitism, gender politics and personal freedom will take center stage along with the players of Duquesne University’s Red Masquers for the opening production of the 2014 season, I Am a Camera.

The award-winning theater troupe will perform the hard-hitting John Van Druten drama that critics call a classic and audiences appreciate for its accessible expression of thorny existential issues.

Van Druten's play is based on the 1939 novel Goodbye to Berlin by British author Christopher Isherwood. Both works are set in the Berlin of the early 1930s, just before the Nazi power grab, a period synonymous with ineffective government, economic collapse and social strife. First staged in 1951 on Broadway and afterward adapted for the screen, the dark setting and conflicted characters of I Am a Camera served as inspiration for the musical play and film Cabaret.

When: Six performances at 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday Oct. 2–4 and, Oct. 9–11

Where: Peter Mills Auditorium, Rockwell Hall

Admission: $10 ($5 for students); free for those with valid Duquesne University IDs

Information: The Red Masquers website, www.duqredmasquers.com

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