Fifth of July comes April 10-13 at PSU

April 3rd, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Plymouth State University students in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will perform Lanford Wilson’s drama about freedom and being set free, Fifth of July, April 10-13 at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Wilson earned a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics’Circle Award for his 1979 play, Talley’s Folley.

“Wilson writes in a style that combines symbolist and realist visions,” said Professor of Theatre Paul Mroczka, who is directing the performance.

Fifth of July, which is set in Lebanon, Mo. in 1977, focuses on a gay Vietnam veteran, Ken Talley, who is dealing with many issues, including his own vulnerability. Talley lost both his legs in Vietnam and struggles to find the courage to take risks, to care and to love again.

Despite his handicap, Talley tries to run away from everything he must confront in order to move forward. Challenged by his lover, his sister and his aunt, he’s eventually forced to confront his deepest fears and share them with the man he loves.

“Wilson manages to write a play that constantly shifts from comedy to drama, from light character moments to intense moments of personal tragedy,” Mroczka said. “Fifth of July offers insights to anyone who has ever taken or wanted to take the risk of examining and discovering truth within and about themselves. It’s about the intense light of reality that reveals our deepest fears,” he concluded.

Fifth of July provides students a great opportunity to work as ensemble players, to create action through dialogue and to experience an era that is familiar to those who grew up during the Vietnam War,” said Theatre Director Beth Cox.

Performances are April 10-12 at 8 p.m., April 12 at 2 p.m. and April 13 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults,$10 for seniors and $5 for PSU students with I.D. at the Silver Center box office, (603) 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869.

The production is recommended for mature audiences.

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