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Theatre Department presents “The Crackwalker”

The Penn State Berks Theatre program will present Judith Thompson’s The Crackwalker on April 14-16 and 21-24, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for Penn State faculty and staff with ID, and $2 for Penn State students with ID.

Dr. Radhica Ganapathy, Assistant Professor of Theatre, directs this edgy production of The Crackwalker, which is a violent, toxic, and disturbing portrayal of four individuals living a marginal existence. Through the presentation of their complex lives and relationships, playwright Judith Thompson explores issues of domestic abuse, mental disabilities, and poverty in a graphic unraveling of urban desperation. Although some are able to escape their frenzied situations, others are trapped in the cyclical nature of abuse, exploitation, and human suffering. This production contains adult language, scenes, smoking, and partial nudity and is recommended for mature audiences only.
 
The cast consists of the following Theatre majors: Tarah Yoder (as Theresa), Kevin King (as Allan), Katelynd Knorr (as Sandy), and Patrick O’Neill (as Joe).
 
Chief production crew includes the following Theatre majors: Danielle Fitzgeorge (stage manager), Erin Edelstein (assistant stage manager/properties), Courtney Vinson (assistant to the director/sound and costume research). In addition, the set design was completed by Rob Napoli, Technical Theatre Coordinator; the lighting design by Joshua L. Schulman, Instructor in Theatre and guest artist; and the sound and costume design by Ganapathy.
 
The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre provides students with a solid foundation to become strong theatre artists and articulate theatre educators. The degree program also allows students to become effective public leaders and visionaries in all professions.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Box Office at 610-396-6371.
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