SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University theatre begins the 2012-2013 season with seven performances of "View of the Dome," a satire of sex, politics and power. The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in SRU's University's Union, directed by Laura Smiley, associate professor of theatre.
Theresa Rebeck, creator of the television show "Smash," wrote the political comedy that dresses down American campaign politics and disrobes the messy state of current affairs, Smiley said.
"It's a satire. It pokes a lot of fun at the political right but shakes its finger at the left," she said. "There are great characters too."
The humor-filled tale of political corruption, ingratitude and revenge concerns an ideological young Washington attorney who persuades her former law professor, a man with lofty rhetoric, to run for Congress. Ideals shrivel in the Washington air as the professor is swept into an insider's circle that includes a leering, power drunk senator, and a slinky power broker. When the heroine is snubbed by the politically powerful at a fancy restaurant, her hurt feelings precipitate an all out "war."
"The play explores the power of spin and how much that spin affects people, policy and politics on the hill," Smiley said. "We are also using multimedia to further highlight the ways information is disseminated to the public in sometimes misleading ways."
Smiley said it is no coincidence that the play is being staged in a presidential election season. "That's exactly why we're doing it," she said. "It was a play that had intrigued me. I saved it for an election year." The play was written in 1998.
The cast includes Meg Rodgers, a psychology major from Bruin, as Emma; Nick Edwards, a marketing major from New Brighton, as Arthur Woolf; Stephanie Skinger, a communication major from Pittsburgh, as Annabeth; Nick Benninger, a theatre major from Prospect, as Tommy; Jack Libengood, a theatre major from Apollo, as Sen. Geoffrey Maddox; Kevin Moore, a social work major from Aliquippa as E.T. Black; Ashton "Malic" Williams, a theatre major from Aliquippa, as David/Lance;
Nicholas Kreiser, a theatre major from Waynesboro, as Richard Riley/Governor/Leonard; Carina Iannarelli, a psychology major from Canonsburg, as Shelia/Junette/Marjorie, and Ryan Griffith, a secondary history education major from Canonsburg, as Sen. August.
Gordon Phetteplace, associate professor of theatre, is the show's set designer. Rebecca Morrice, assistant professor of theatre, is the costume designer. Michael Boone is the technical director.
Charlene Jacka, a communication major from Oakmont, is the stage manager. Liam Nute, a theatre major from Aliquippa, is the assistant stage manager; Danielle DePalma, a theatre major from Plum, is the lighting designer; Katie Makufka, a psychology major from St. Marys, is the assistant costume designer, and Alex Barnhart, a theatre major from Butler, is the sound designer.
"View of the Dome" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-4. Tickets are $7 for SRU students and $12 for the general public, and may be purchased in advance at the Smith Student Center Information Desk or at the SRU Theatre Box Office in the University Union beginning an hour before each performance.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.