Penn State Berks Theatre Program presents 'The Invisible Man'

Berks Theatre Program presents 'The Invisible Man'
Credit: Penn State

READING, Pa. — The Penn State Berks Theatre Department is delivering scares this Halloween with their production of "The Invisible Man," adapted by John de Lancie from the science-fiction novel by H.G. Wells.

The opening will be at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. Additional performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1; Friday, Nov. 2; and Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for the general public, and free for Penn State Berks and high school students with I.D.

The script was adapted as an Alien Voices Production, a company founded by John de Lancie and Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed the characters of "Q" and "Spock" in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek," the original series.

De Lancie's adaptation will present "The Invisible Man" as a radio play in a New York studio in the 1930s. Audiences will be transported back in time as the production incorporates live Folly sounds, using devices built by the students based on designs from 1930s radio.

S. Cory Palmer, instructor in theatre, will direct the production, and criminal justice major Dan Harper will act as the stage manager. Robin Buckwalter will handle costume design, and Christopher Connelly will handle lighting design.

The cast includes junior theatre major Charles Carr as “The Nerd”; first-year science major D’Andre Chester as “The Rake”; junior electro-mechanical engineering major Elliot Dietrich as “The Old Hand”; and senior electro-mechanical engineering major Dan Jankauskas as “The Born Yesterday.”  Other cast members include current students Tatyana Johnson, Ifeoluwa Ogunyinka, R.J. Bonham and Heather Alexander.   

"The Invisible Man" is produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Co.

The Penn State Berks bachelor of arts in theatre provides students with a solid foundation to become successful theatre artists and effective theatre educators. The degree program also trains students in the skills to become effective communicators and professional program managers.

For more information, contact Palmer at 610-396-6421 or [email protected].