Coe theatre addresses contemporary American politics in "A Bright Room Called Day"

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-03-30 07:26:44 - General

A Bright Room Called Day
Coe students Sarah Schmitt (left, as Agnes Eggling) and Emily Lefrancois (as Annabella Gotchling) are featured in the Coe College Theatre Arts production of "A Bright Room Called Day."

The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will address issues that mirror contemporary American politics in "A Bright Room Called Day" April 7-9 and 13-15 in Dows Theatre. Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of the Sunday, April 9 show, which starts at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at, at the door, or by calling the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Featuring an all-student cast, "A Bright Room Called Day" is written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Angels in America," Tony Kushner, and directed by Theatre Professor Dennis Barnett. The play follows a group of leftist artists living in Berlin in 1932 as they joke about, agonize over and generally disbelieve the rising popularity of a man named Hitler.

Alarming in its timeliness, the play drives the point home by including the perspective of a contemporary character, as she and the German characters struggle with how people's lives are affected by the reality of fascism.

For more information, call 319-399-8600 or visit