Maryland Playback Ensemble to perform Jan. 23 at Gettysburg College

The Maryland Playback Ensemble will perform at Gettysburg College's Kline Theatre Friday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m.

The performance is open to the public without charge. Kline Theatre is in Brua Hall at Water and North Washington streets.

Playback theater is a dramatized form of community storytelling. Audience members offer true stories and feelings, which are "played back" by actors and musicians using only body, voice, music, and cloth. After each theatrical response, the audience member is asked whether it was true to the essence of the story. 

"We are excited about performing for the first time in Gettysburg and look forward to hearing the stories that live there," said Ron Miller, the ensemble's director.

The ensemble has been performing for over two years. Miller formed it with graduates of McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., where he teaches theater arts. Now the company is community-based, and also includes teachers, mental health professionals, and professors.

The ensemble performs at Common Ground on the Hill every summer in Westminster, and contracts for private performances at schools, colleges, universities, community agencies, and professional organizations. For information, contact Miller at ronandcarol@verizon.net or visit MarylandEnsemble.org.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With a student body of approximately 2,500, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Contact: Jim Hale, online content editor /news_events/contact_info.dot

Posted: Fri, 16 Jan 2009

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