Coe Theatre features the life of a college student in the original play "Craigslisted"

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2018-01-26 12:49:57 - General

Coe students Kierra Young-Bey (as Maggie), Lauren Miller (as Robin) and (laying on the floor) Sarah Schmitt (as Haley) are featured in the upcoming Coe College production of
Coe students Kierra Young-Bey (as Maggie), Lauren Miller (as Robin) and (laying on the floor) Sarah Schmitt (as Haley) are featured in the upcoming Coe College production of "Craigslisted."

The Coe College Theatre Department will present a play centered on the challenging life of a student putting herself through college in "Craigslisted," with performances scheduled for Feb. 9-11 and 15-17. The performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of the Sunday, Feb. 11 show, which starts at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at coe.edu/boxoffice, 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. Audience members should be advised that "Craigslisted" includes explicit language, with adult situations discussed. 

"Craigslisted" is an original work that centers around a young woman trying to put herself through college without borrowing money via student loans. Her desire to pay outright for her own education and living expenses coupled with her time spent on social media creates a funny and complicated look at issues of friendship, companionship and questions of self-sufficiency.

Featuring an all-student cast, "Craigslisted" is written by Sharai Bohannon and directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Deanna Downes. Bohannon will attend the opening night performance on Friday, Feb. 9, and reflect on the play by interacting with audience members at the conclusion of the evening. 

Downes notes that "Craigslisted" forms the basis for the college students and community members to start the conversation of how everyone can come together and support students from many backgrounds through the entire process of higher education.

"'Craigslisted' is a funny romp with dangerous undertones of what it is like for students with limited finances trying to earn an advanced degree to better their future earning potential," said Downes. "Even scholarship students need to take part-time jobs to make ends meet in pursuing an education and in Sharai Bohannon's play the lead character, Maggie, is no different. Maggie is a journalism student who is already weighted with responsibilities of adulthood like paying medical and hospital bills for her grandmother, and providing childcare for a financially challenged family raising a mentally disabled child. For the latter she accepts payment in baked goods."

For more information, please call 319-399-8600 or visit theatre.coe.edu.