HPU Theatre To Present 'Early One Evening At The Rainbow Bar And Grille'

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 4, 2009 – The High Point University Theatre will present the comedy “Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille” in the Empty Space Theatre of the Old Student Center. The show will run Feb. 26 through March 1 and is open to the public.
The production, directed by Ed Simpson, professor of theatre and chair of the Performing Arts Department at HPU, takes the audience to a tiny, forgotten town in western Pennsylvania just off the exit ramp where six ordinary folks face themselves, each other and the terrifying certainty of an early and unjust end. The six folks panic at the thought of their impending doom, and their inhibitions vanish. The scenario results in a high-energy production with quirky characters at the end of their ropes.
“In addition to being an offbeat comedy, it’s also a modern morality play, addressing – in a comic way – some important ethical, moral and religious issues,”Simpson says.” I’ve described it to students and colleagues as a sort of theatrical ‘Twilight Zone.'”
The production will feature Nathan Ruffin, a sophomore; Alex Mathis, a sophomore; Tony Starner, a senior; Courtney Bedgood, a freshman; Ben Brown, a sophomore; Maggie Jo Saylor, a freshman; and Luke Mullinax, a junior.
Also, award-winning playwright Bruce Graham, who penned the play, will attend opening night and will participate in an after-performance “talk back session” with the audience.
Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Feb 26-28, and at 2 p.m. on March 1. 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 a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. 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 www.highpoint.edu.
Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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