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Clarke Drama Department Opens Season with 'The Playboy of the Western World'

posted on September 28, 2006

The Clarke College Drama Department will open its 2006-2007 season with “The Playboy of the Western World” from Thursday, Oct. 12, through Sunday, Oct. 15, in Terence Donaghoe Hall on the Clarke College campus. Performances begin at 8 p.m. each night and the cost is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students.

John Millington Synge’s classic Irish comedy, “The Playboy of the Western World,” is sure to delight the hearts of those who have lifted a pint to the glories of Ireland. During a quarrel, young Christy Mahon hits his dad with a loy and leaves him for dead. He finds his way to the village pub where he is lauded as a hero for his deed. But his father is not dead and comes looking for his cowardly son. The quarrel continues with humorous and unforeseen results. This poetic work of art is a must-see for lovers of great literature.

Cast members for the production include: Colin Muenster, of Davenport, Iowa; Mike Link, of Sherrill, Iowa; Melissa Dahle, of Watertown, SD; Valerie Heitzman, of Dubuque, Iowa; Thomas Resnick, of Dubuque, Iowa; Nick Booth, of Central City, Iowa; Nick Westemeyer, of Moline, Ill.; Brigid Kelley, of Davenport, Iowa; Abby Schultz, of Dubuque, Iowa; Erin Kane, of Dubuque, Iowa; Desiree English, of Bernard, Iowa; Megan Swenson, of Blanchardville, Wis.; Brandon Running, of Eagan, Minn.; and Alex Hutson, of Streamwood, Ill. The show will also include a guest performance by Joseph Klinebriel, assistant professor of drama/speech.

The show is directed by Carol Blitgen, BVM, Ph.D., professor of drama/speech and Allison Padley, of Marion, Iowa, is the assistant to the director and stage manager for the production.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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