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March 30, 2011
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SRU theatre opens Vietnam War play ‘Streamers’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University students will present “Streamers,” a play depicting fear, uncertainty and racial conflict among jittery Vietnam-era American soldiers as part of the University’s April 13-23 Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.
       “Streamers,” which ultimately conveys the common humanity of people, will open at 8 p.m. April 15. The play is for mature audiences.
      “Although set in the 1960s, the play is still incredibly relevant,” said David Skeele, SRU professor of theatre and the show’s director. ‘“Streamers’ deals with racism and homophobia and all the ways people separate themselves from other groups of people, the way they demonize other groups as a way of reinforcing their own fragile identities.”
       Written by David Rabe, “Streamers” premiered in New Haven, Conn., in 1975, and opened on Broadway a year later.
      The dialogue focuses on the conflict that ensues among young Americans of diverse backgrounds who get placed together in an Army barracks.
      “The play doesn’t take a political position on the Vietnam War,” Skeele said. “It shows what happens when black, white, gay and straight men are all in the same room. The play is a little shocking in some ways, with some the language that soldiers use to insult each other.”
      By the end, “Streamers” affirms the shared humanity of different ethnic groups. “My feeling is the play is a violent play, yet it’s ultimately a beautiful and moving play,” Skeele said. “I find it to be life affirming in the best way.”
        The cast includes Isaac Fisher, a biology major from Harmony, as Billy; Ernest Rose, a criminal justice major from Bronx, N.Y., as Carlyle; Nick Edwards, a marketing major from New Brighton, as Roger; Kyle Yoho, an undeclared major from Pittsburgh, as Lieutenant; Ethan Rochow, a theatre major from West Middlesex, as Sgt. Rooney; Nick Benninger, a theatre major from Prospect, as Richie; Dave Matuszak, a parks and recreation major from Seven Fields, as PFC Clark; Nick Kreiser, a psychology major from Waynesboro, as PFC; Luke Chamberlain, a theatre major from Latrobe, as Sgt. Cokes; Aaron Mild, a secondary education major from West Middlesex, as Martin; and Alex Barnhart, a theatre major from Butler,  as PFC Hinson. 
     Gordon Phetteplace, SRU associate professor of theatre, is the scene designer; Rebecca Morrice, assistant professor of theatre, is costume designer; and Michael Boone is the lighting designer. Ronnie Nocera, a theatre major from New Castle, is the sound designer; Stacie Marie O’Hara, a theatre major from St. Mary’s, is the technical director; Charlene Jacka, a communication major from Oakmont, is the assistant scenic designer; Kelly Myers, a theatre major from Natrona Heights, is props master; and Jennifer Nocera, an English major from Eastbrook, is the public relations coordinator.
       Danielle DePalma, a theatre major from Plum, acts as both assistant lighting designer and the stage manager, working with assistant stage managers Aniela Schaefer, a theatre major from Greensburg; and Ayaka Hikosaka, a theatre major from Tokyo, Japan.
      “Streamers” will be performed at 8 p.m. April 15, at 2 and 8 p.m. April 17, and at 8 p.m. April 18-21. There is no show April 16.  All performances are in Miller Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students with an ID, and $10 for general admission. Tickets are available at the University Union and Miller Auditorium. For more information, call 724.738.2645. 

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