Coe theatre to present "The Advertisement"

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2007-09-06 13:39:19 - General

Rachel Robbins ’09 (Elena, left), Sarah Jarmon ’08 (Teresa, standing), and Daniel Arroyo ’08 (Lorenzo, right) star in the upcoming Coe College Theatre Department production of “The Advertisement.” The play opens Sept. 21 in the Dows Theatre on the Coe campus.

The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present Natalie Ginzburg's tragicomedy, "The Advertisement," on Sept. 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, Sept. 23 performance, which starts at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students and seniors.  Tickets are available at the door, or by calling the Coe Box Office at 399-8600, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The all-student cast is directed by Coe Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Dennis Barnett. New for this season, talkbacks with the directors and cast members will be held following Thursday and Sunday performances.

Set in Rome, "The Advertisement" is a subtle and domestic tragicomedy about the intersection of dysfunction, dependency and romance, where obsession and betrayal depict a theme of love and relationships. The ever-changing mysteries of human interaction are carefully illustrated in this award-winning Italian play from 1965.

Under the patriarchal influence of the Roman Catholic Church during the 1960s, "The Advertisement" is a character study of a woman emotionally and inextricably tied to a relationship that has failed, the self-loathing that emanates from it, and the effects this failure has on those connected to her.

"'The Advertisement' has been the most successful and critically acclaimed work for the theatre by Natalia Ginzburg, one of Italy's greatest novelists," said Barnett. "Similar to her fiction, this play concentrates on the relationships between men and women within a society bound by severely repressive traditions."

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