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 SRU Theater Department to Offer 17th Century Work 




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     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – John Ford’s 1630 Jacobean tragedy “’Tis a Pity She’s A Whore” will open the Slippery Rock University theater season in Miller Auditorium on Oct. 12.

     Written near the time of Shakespeare, the play tells of a tragic love affair between a couple that tears society apart and drives others mad with jealousy, rage, desperation and lust. The story surrounds a young couple, Giovanni (played by Nicholas Ciesielski of Bridgeville) and his sister, Annabella (played by Erin Berger of Beaver).

     Curtains are at 8 p.m. Oct. 12-15 and 2 p.m. Oct. 16. (A pre-performance technical run through will be offered Oct. 11 to benefit the Chase Carlson Memorial Scholarship created in memory of the theater major who died in August. Contributions to the scholarship may also be made by sending checks to the SRU Foundation, Inc., 100 Old Main, Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057.)

      Tickets may be purchased by calling the Miller Auditorium Box Office at 724-738-2645, in-person Mondays through Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m., on line at, or one-hour before show time. General admission is $5 general public; $3 for SRU students.

      The play, directed by Dr. David Skeele, professor of theater at SRU, also includes a friar, played by Shaun Starke of Butler, and a cardinal, played by Dennis Whalen of Evan City, both of whom to aid and destroy the two lovers. Others in the cast are Jeff Feola of New Castle, Eric Blackstock of Monroeville, Ryan Powell of West Middlesex, Randi Gartner of Pulaksi, Mary Sack of Downington, Alan Wildy of Gibsonia, Bridget Kelly of Poland, Ohio, Terence Jamison of St. Petersburg, Fla., Andrea Carlin of Montrose, and Matt McNear of Beaver.

      Gordon Phetteplace, theater department chair, is serving as scene and lighting designer, assisted by Braden Blauser, of Parker, SRU’s John Pivetz is technical director; Rebecca Morrice, an assistant professor of theatre, is costume designer.


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