Theater and Dance Presents Picnic in November 2008

Posted on 10/30/2008 11:20:43 AM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s department of theater and dance will present the 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Picnic,” written by playwright William Inge and directed by IUP professor of theater and dance Jason Chimonides.

Performances take place at the IUP Performing Arts Center’s Waller Hall on Nov. 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.

“Picnic” is the story of a love triangle involving the characters of beautiful Madge; her not-so-attractive sister, Millie; and the nomadic, charismatic, mysterious and handsome Hal. Things begin to unravel when a wealthy suitor, Alan, wants to marry Madge and forces her to choose between her mother’s hopes for a good life with Alan or her own affection for Hal. This play contains strong situations to which some audience members may object and which may not be appropriate for children.

Chimonides said the cast spent time exploring the similarities the characters have to people of today.

“Society’s values are always shifting, but human beings don’t change. We used this philosophy to explore a contemporary understanding of the play,” he said. “Audiences will be able to recognize their contemporary selves in the situations and predicaments of ‘Picnic.’ ”

Tickets are available at the Hadley Union Building and at the door 45 minutes before the performance begins. Tickets are $14 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $8 with a university I-Card.