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 SRU theatre department presents 'An Evening with Sam Shepard' 




September 24, 2008

Contact: K.E. Schwab  




SRU theatre departments presents 'An Evening with Sam Shepard'


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - "An Evening with Sam Shepard," including scenes from the famed playwright's "Killer's Head," "Action" and "Chicago" opens Slippery Rock University's theatre department  2008-2009 season.

            The production is directed by Gordon Phetteplace, associate professor of theatre.

            The collection of one-act plays by one of America's leading contemporary playwrights and a Pulitzer Prize-winner for drama, offer insight to mankind in the 20th-century through a window of Absurdist theatre. The plays investigate some of the questions man has asked for centuries. Shepard is also well known as a screenwriter, director and as both a stage and screen actor. 

            The SRU cast includes, Collin McHenry, an English major from Russell; Nicholas Adam Ciesielski, an elementary education major from Bridgeville; Travis Bell, a theatre major from Altoona; Jenna Panza, a theatre major from Pittsburgh; Jackie Freeman, a psychology major from Geneva, Ohio; Thomasina A. Mike, an elementary education major from Edinburg; Alex McGee, a theatre major from Shaler Township; Megan Nye, a theatre major from Utica; Anthony Piccolo, a theatre major from Cogan Station; Megan "Lola" Lewis, theatre major from Manassas, Va.; and Anthony Christe, a computer science major from Somerset. 

            Tim Stapleton, guest artist-in-residence this semester, is scenic designer, Rebecca Morrice, assistant professor, will design costumes, and Michael Boone is technical director. Nye is properties master; Andrew G. Allison, a theatre major from Georgetown is lighting and sound designer; McGee is assistant sound designer; Kelly McBane, a theater major from Pittsburgh, is makeup designer for "Chicago," and Christine Carmichael, a theater major from Erie is stage manager, with Krista Vogler, a theatre major from  Hudson, N.H., is assistant stage manager and assistant to the scenic designer.

            Curtains are at 8 p.m. Oct. 10-11 and Oct. 13-15 with a 2 p.m. performance Oct. 12 in Miller Auditorium. Tickets are $10, general admission; $5 for SRU students. Tickets will be available beginning Thursday from 1-2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Miller Auditorium Box Office. Reservations may be made by calling 724.738.2645 beginning Thursday.


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