Coe Theatre Department to present "Three Days of Rain"

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2009-09-14 13:02:23 - General

Brandon Palmer '11 (Ned), Heather Michele Lawler '11 (Lina), and Brandon Burton '10 (Theo) are featured in theupcoming Coe theatre production of "Three Days of Rain." The performance opens Sept. 25 in the Dows Theatre on the Coe campus.

The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will open its 2009-2010 season with a contemporary play concerning misperceptions that can easily be made about the past. "Three Days of Rain" will be presented Sept. 25, 26 and 27 and Oct. 1, 2 and 3 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, Sept. 27 performance, which starts at 2 p.m.

New for this season is the opportunity for playgoers to enjoy dinner at Clark Alumni House prior to the production on Saturday, Sept. 26, complete with a pre-performance talk given by the directors.

Coe theatre patrons can purchase tickets for $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. The dinner option is $20. For play and/or dinner ticket information, call the Coe Box Office at 399-8600, Monday - Friday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

"Three Days of Rain" was written by Richard Greenberg and the all-student cast is directed by Coe Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Steven Marc Weiss. Uncertainties about past events and future possibilities play themselves out in this bittersweet comedy by one of America's most literate contemporary playwrights. With three actors portraying six characters who represent two generations of the same families, Greenberg counterpoints the innocent optimism of the early 1960s with the neurotic self-absorption of the mid-1990s. In the process, he shows how easily any of us can misinterpret somebody else's past.

"Three Days of Rain" premiered in 1997 and was nominated for a Pulitzer prize in drama. In 2006, the play was given a New York revival starring Julia Roberts in her stage debut.

"Despite its less than stellar success in commercial theatre, ‘Three Days of Rain' has a reputation among ‘theatre people' as a play that deserves to be seen," noted Weiss in his director's notes. "When I first read it, I was deeply moved by how Greenberg charts the way in which the past affects the present and the present (mis)informs the past. Moreover, the way the playwright tracks (in reverse) the sins of the parents as they are visited upon their offspring is, I think, quite poignant and, I dare say, even haunting."

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