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 Slippery Rock University presents Skeele's 'The Margins' 




August 22, 2008

Contact: K.E. Schwab  



Slippery Rock University presents Skeele's 'The Margins'


SLIPPERY ROCK, PA - Following a successful run at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Slippery Rock University theatre department will present "The Margins," a new horror play written by David Skeele, SRU theatre professor, Monday and Tuesday in Miller Auditorium.

Curtains are at 8 p.m. for the play directed by Laura Smiley, assistant professor of theatre.

The Margins" tells of a group of psychics that gather for what is supposed to be a simple experiment, �but then something goes horribly awry.

"This is one worth watching - if you can bear to, from between white-knuckled fingers," wrote David Pollock in The Scotsman, the official 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe newspaper.

"Great writing, great directing, great acting and holding on to the edge of your seat! What a way to end your day!," wrote John Naples-Campbell in The British Theatre Guide. The 14-member cast was invited to present seven performances of the one-act work at the Edinburgh's Old Saint Paul's Church Hall festival in early August. The Scotland visit was the second for SRU theater students who were also invited to participate in 2006.

While in Scotland, the SRU contingent had time to see other festival entries, including those from Korea and Nigeria. The festival, which involved more than 400 theatre companies performing throughout the Edinburgh area, had an estimated audience of 1.3 million people. 

The cast includes, Erin Berger of Beaver; Andrea Carlin of Montrose; Nicholas Ciesielski of Bridgeville; Jackie Freeman of Geneva, Ohio; Nick Gligor of Sharon; Matthew McNear of Beaver; and Zach Nading of East Brady.

Theater faculty involved in the product include Gordon Phetteplace as scenic designer and Rebecca Morrice as costume designer. The technical staff includes, Casey Hughes of Roseland, N.J., as lighting designer; Kelly McBane of Pittsburgh, makeup designer; Christine Carmichael, sound designer; Aaron Thurston of Homer City, technical director and properties master; Andrew G. Allison of Georgetown, public relations coordinator and house manager; Joel Magill of New Castle, stage manager; and Kelly Myers of Natrona Heights, assistant stage manager.

Ticket prices are $3 for SRU students and $5 for general admission. Tickets will be available at the Miller Auditorium Box Office one hour before curtain.


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.


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