Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Our Country's Good: IN REHEARSAL

Director and full-time Professor of Theatre David Sullivan directs "Our Country's Good," a play based around the establishment of Australia as a prison colony during the late 18th century. This marks the third mainstage production of the Rowan University T&D Department's 2008-2009 season.

Now in rehearsals, OCG cast members Andrew Clotworthy and Maggie Corl, both junior theatre majors, sat down with me in the Lab Theatre's green room for interviews for an upcoming preview article I am working on for The Whit due out next Thursday. They both overwelmingly praised Sullivan for the challenges he gives the actors. One fun thing to watch for is the dual-roles played by ten of the twelve actors.

Sullivan, who directed "The Atheist" (starring Chris Pine) at the Off-Broadway Center Stages theatre, now teaches full time at Rowan. He chose this particular show because of the challange it give the actors. Mostly, the show is about a Governer who stages a comedy for the prisoners in Australia. The show is for MATURE audiences only, and may shock some at the lewd humor, but audiences will see at the heart of the play, a look at seeing the humanity in other human beings.

Our Country's Good opens at the Tohill Theatre (in Bunce Hall) on February 27th at 8pm. Performances run February 28, March 6 and 7 at 8pm and March 1 and 8 at 3pm. Tickets are $10 Adults and $5 Students, Seniors, Alumni, and Staff. Rowan students are entitled to one free ticket with their ROWAN ID at the box office prior to the performance.

WATCH - The Whit - for my preview article this coming Thursday and for my review of the performance NEXT Thursday.

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