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SRU THEATER PROFESSOR WRITES DARK COMIC,
TO BE STAGED IN FIVE PERFORMANCES AT
MILLER AUDITORIUM – Feb. 22-29
Pa. Dr. David Skeele joined the Slippery Rock University
theater faculty to teach theater courses and direct plays. This
month, he's added the responsibility of writing a black comic,
contemporary psychological thriller students will present in five
Miller Auditorium performances.
Titled "Double Bulldog," the two-act work,
tells of Denny Davis, played by Evan Endres of Ligonier, who dreams
of being president of his neighborhood Christian militia. When the
dream comes true, there is a dark turn as his charismatic,
second-in-command Boyd Painter, played by Marc Epstein of Beaver
Falls, raises the stakes, proposing to assassinate a Marilyn
Manson-style shock-rock band he believes is corrupting American
values. Davis suffers an attack of conscience, leading to a
suspenseful struggle for control of the group.
Curtains are at 8 p.m.
Feb 25-28, with a 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 29. Tickets are $5, general
admission; $3 students. Seating is limited. A public reception for
those ages 21 and older will be held at 6:30 p.m. opening night in
the Russell Wright Alumni House.
play's idea came to me about two years ago while playing tennis,"
Skeele explains, noting he had been following the week's news and
mentally linked a series of unrelated events to quickly form the
play's overall plot. "It took me a few months to flesh out
the plot, and to develop the characters, the dialogue and hopefully
the suspense that keeps the audience interested," he explains.
Calling the work "'a play of ideas' blended with a suspense
thriller," Skeele says the work brings to light what is happening
"out on the extreme edges of the American cultural
of the cast includes Jeff Feola of New Castle as Peyton; Brett
Hockenberry of Harrisville as Roger; Shaun Starke of Butler as
Jerry; Gordon Phetteplace, associate professor of theater, as
Steam; and Michelle Gates of Ambridge, as Denise.
Costume design is being handled by Lydia
Giese and set design by Jason Clark, both of Butler. Katie Erskin
of West Deer is the stage manager.
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