April 25, 2012
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine
SRU presents ‘The Barwell Prophecy’
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “The Barwell Prophecy,” a horror play about a new kind of terror written and directed by David Skeele, Slippery Rock University professor of theatre, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., May 2-4, in SRU’s Sheehy Theatre in Maltby Center. Charlene Jacka, a communication major from Oakmont, is the scene designer; Zach Durler, a communication major from Cranberry, is the lighting designer; Aniela Schaefer, a theatre major from Greensburg, is the costume designer; Zoe Prokopiak, a physics major from Santa Barbara, Calif., is the sound designer; Liam Nute, a theatre major from Aliquippa, is the props master; Nick Edwards, a marketing major from New Brighton, is the stage manager; Ethan Rochow, a theatre major from West Middlesex, is the assistant stage manager and Chelsey Grossman, a theatre major from Slippery Rock, is handling public relations.
The Sheehy showing is a warm up for an international presentation. SRU students and Skeele will travel to Scotland to present the play Aug. 4-11 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, one of the largest art festivals in the world.
Steele said the supernatural horror play takes place in the office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Terror and paranoia erupt as something ancient and malignant begins to stir behind the walls. This forces federal agents trapped in the building to do battle with a new kind of terror.
“It is one of the most terrifying things I have ever written,” Skeele said.
Since 2006, SRU has been selected to present works four times at the Edinburgh festival, which runs Aug. 3-27 and includes theatre, comedy, opera, dance, musicals and art exhibitions. The festival will include 2,500 shows and draws an estimated audience of 1.8 million.
SRU students involved in the project include Luke Chamberlain, a theatre major from Latrobe, as Agent Lansing; Kevin Moore, a social work major from Aliquippa, as Agent Owens; Amanda Tarr, a dance major from Lower Burrell, as Agent Dodds; Ashley Orsino, a theatre major from Royersford, as Barb; Dejah Abraham, a theatre major from Bethlehem, as Lila; and Alex Barnhart, a theatre major from Butler, as Russell.
Tickets, $5, will be available at the door.