PSU Theatre presents A Dark Comedy by Nicky Silver Sept. 24-27

September 21st, 2009 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Playwright Nicky Silver blends wry humor and deep, dark pathos that is simultaneously painful and amusing in his 1995 work, Raised in Captivity


Students in the PSU Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will perform Silver’s absurdist comedy September 24-27 at the Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth.

Silver wrings laughs from the horrors and tribulations of everyday life in this story of estranged twins reunited at their mother’s funeral. “Everyone in this play is dysfunctional, but looking for a way to seek out his or her own redemption,” said Director Elizabeth Cox. “The twins both blame their mother for their inability to love and reach out to others. Her explanation of her choices as a single parent give Sebastian a new perspective on parenting and how to love.”

Cox said the play was selected for its “wonderfully witty dialogue,” which deals with complex relationships. It is also a contemporary play that allows the students to tackle characters with issues of today’s world. “Nicky Silver’s intricate relationships are both touching and bizarre,” Cox said.

Cast members include acting majors Curtis Jackson, a senior from Strafford, Pa.; Courtney Corriveau, a senior from Bangor, Maine; Paul Hartwell, a December graduate from Pittsfield and Elizabeth Desrosiers, a junior from Vineyard Haven, Mass. Also, Elizabeth Daniels, a senior theatre history major from Cummington, Mass., and Eric St. Cyr, a junior acting and dramatic writing major from Hampstead.

Stage manager for Raised in Captivity is Erik Anderson, a junior acting and design/tech major from Douglas, Mass. Abbey Plankey, a sophomore theatre design-tech major from Vergennes, Vt. is assistant stage manager. Lighting and costume design for the production are provided by department staff members Jason Hibbard and Danee Grillo.

NY Magazine said Raised in Captivity is “funny, original, imaginative and possessed of a furious energy that makes it spin like a top … full of wittily prickly lines and riotous exchanges, and it uses the stage in splashily irreverent ways that can be exhilarating.”

The performances, which are recommended for mature audiences, are September 24–26 at
8 p.m., September 26 at 2 p.m. and September 27 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS.

For information about the production contact Beth Cox at

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