The Penn State Berks Department of Theatre will present Baby with the Bathwater, by Christopher Durang. This spring mainstage production opens on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, and runs though Friday, April 22, at 8 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for Penn State students, faculty, and staff with Penn State ID; $10 for the general public.
According to the Dramatists Play Service website: As the play begins, Helen and John gaze proudly at their new offspring, a bit disappointed that it doesn't speak English and too polite to check its sex. So they decide that the child is a girl and name it Daisy?which leads to all manner of future emotional and personality problems when it turns out that Daisy is actually a boy. Thereafter, in a series of brilliantly theatrical and wildly hilarious scenes, the saga of Daisy's struggle to establish his identity continues, despite his parents' growing obliviousness. At the outset there is a zany nanny who gives him a lethal toy to play with; then the small problem of Daisy's penchant, as a toddler, for throwing himself in front of buses; then his bizarre problems in school; and, finally, the sessions with his analyst which enable him, at last, to accept his maleness and stop wearing dresses. In the end the play comes full circles as the former Daisy and his young bride fondly regard their own baby?forgiving of the past but determined not to repeat its calamitous mistakes.
The production will be directed by Dr. Maria Mogford, Instructor of Theatre at Penn State Berks. The role of ?Helen? will be played by sophomore Jenny VonHolt; ?John? will be played by Michael Williams, a senior Theatre major; and ?Daisy? will be played by sophomore William Kyle Whitlock III. Rounding out the cast are senior Theatre major Christopher Crawford as the Teacher, senior Alexis Mercer as ?Cynthia? and Woman 2, sophomore Olivia Johnson as the Nanny and Woman 1, sophomore Angie Nertavich as the Principal, first-year student Valentina Martinez as ?Susan,? and first-year student Maurice Nelson as the Voice.
For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Box Office at 610-396-6371.
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