HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 20, 2010 – The High Point University Theatre will present “Love/Sick” in the Empty Space Theatre in the Old Student Center. The show will run Sept. 30 through Oct. 10 and is open to the public.
The production, directed by Jay Putnam, professor of theatre at HPU, is a world premiere play written by John Cariani, author of the award-winning “Almost Maine,” and Tony-nominated actor.
The theatre department has been working with Cariani for several years, and over the past year, the production of “Love/Sick” has grown from a series of play ideas into a fully formed evening of theatre.
“The experience of shaping a new play with the playwright has been exciting and extremely beneficial for these students,” Putnam says.
The play itself is a series of eight short plays that each presents a slightly twisted modern love story. They all take place in the present, in a slightly alternate suburban reality.
“They are all close examinations of life, love, relationships and mental health in suburbia,” Cariani says. “How sick are we? How well are we? Who?s to say? Are we better off alone or coupled? And again, who’s to say?”
The production features a cast of nine students, including seniors Jennifer Arnold, Anna-Parsons Charles, Nathan Ruffin, Cody Russell and Marie Ventrone, and juniors Daniel Harr, Cate Lightburn, Dan Moldovan and Maggie Jo Saylor. Production and design team for the show includes Matthew Emerson, Daniel Horney and Ryan Hemsoth; Ami Shupe, associate professor of theatre, will serve as costume designer.
The premiere of “Love/Sick” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 30. Performances will run at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 and Oct. 7-9; 2 p.m. on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10. A special performance will be held during the Fall Family Weekend at 7 and 10 p.m. on Oct. 2.
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for students and $3 for children 12 and under. Those interested in purchasing tickets may contact the HPU box office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/.
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