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Community: RU to present virtual theater performances this week

Community: RU to present virtual theater performances this week

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On Sept. 28, the Radford University Department of Theatre and Cinema issued an announcement that it will open two sets of student-directed, one-act plays beginning Sept. 30. The shows will be presented in alternating performances as part of the program’s Studio Series.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all 2020 theater productions will be streamed online. Performances will still be produced live, but will be delivered digitally so that we can provide a safe experience for both patrons and performers.

Tickets are free but reservations through the ticket office are required in order to obtain a unique streaming link and its associated password. Links are good for one viewing device only and will need to be reserved at least one day prior to the selected performance. There will be no last-minute ticket sales on the day of a performance. Patrons must also have the most recent version of Zoom installed on their viewing device.

Tickets can be acquired through, or by contacting our box office Monday through Friday 1 to 5 p.m. at 831-5289.

Two sets of plays will be featured on alternating dates. Content for these performances is intended for mature audiences.

“The Liddy Plays,” by Brooke Berman, will be directed by senior theater major Sarah Pettengill. It opens on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m.

“The Liddy Plays” tells the tale of a unique brother and sister, Liddy and Emerson, who spend years confronting the death of their mother while navigating relationships with dangerous people, learning to meditate, and finding a perspective on the past that will open the door to their future.

The second set of performances consists of two different one-act plays written by Tony Kushner: “Terminating or Sonnet LXXV or ‘Lass meine Schmerzen nicht verloren Sein’ or Ambivalence” and “Reverse Transcription: Six Playwrights Bury a Seventh,” and will be directed by senior theater major Adian Chapman. These performances open Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

In the first of the Kushner plays, “Terminating or Sonnet LXXV or ‘Lass Meine Schmerzen Nicht Verloren Sein’ or Ambivalence,” Hendryk is forced to come to terms with his own uncertainties on love, life and sex. It’s a somber story of a fragile man trying to work through his mental anguish. The second Kushner play, “Reverse Transcription: Six Playwrights Bury a Seventh,” features a group of playwrights gathered together to bury their close friend Ding in the beautiful Abel’s Hill cemetery. Their highly illegal interment of their former colleague does not stop them from having a rousing discussion about life. Why do people write? What does success feel like? How does it change people?

The Department of Theatre and Cinema invites audiences to join us online to see these exceptional performances produced and directed by our talented students!

Submitted by Radford University

Submitted by Radford University

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