Dark comedy 'Escape from Happiness' to be performed April 18-22

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The dark comedy "Escape from Happiness" by George Walker will be performed April 18 to 22 at Gettysburg College.

Presented by the Gettysburg College's Owl and Nightingale Players, performances in the Kline Theatre will take place April 18, 19, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m., and April 20 at 2 p.m. All performances are free, but reservations will be required April 18 and 19. Reserved tickets will be valid only for the performance in which they were reserved. The ticket office can be reached at 717-337-6060. The Kline Theatre is in Brua Hall on the south end of Gettysburg College's campus, just off North Washington Street at Water Street.

"Escape from Happiness" is a slice-of-life dark comedy that reveals how a dysfunctional family deals with police brutality when a bizarre incident provokes law enforcement. The play is part of Walker's "East End Trilogy," which also includes the plays "Criminals in Love" and "Better Living." The three comedies are about the Dawson family.

The play stars senior Dan Keefer as Tom; junior Stephen McNamee as Rolly; sophomores Megan Poms as Mary Ann and Matt Gross as Stevie; and first-year students Anna Armagno as Nora, Krissy McMahon as Elizabeth, Alex Henning as Gail, Rob White as Junior, Danielle Coleman as Dian and Peter Ayer as Mike. Theatre arts professor Karen Land and sophomore student assistant director Chelsea Bucklin direct the play, costumes are designed by Zennis Goshorn and set is designed by senior Kat Doyle.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Issued: 4/11/08
By: Kendra Martin

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Sat, 12 Apr 2008


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