Local students perform in Augustana College spring play Print
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:57

ROCK ISLAND, IL (04/30/2013)(readMedia)-- The Augustana College Department of Theatre Arts will present Eric Bogosian's subUrbia, the final production of its 2012-2013 season, Balancing Acts. The show premiered this past weekend and will be performed again in Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3701 7th Ave.), on May 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. and May 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Students from your area in the play include:

Christine Harb, a sophomore from Davenport, Iowa, majoring in biology and pre-medicine will play the role of Pakeesa.

Students from your area in the play include:

Darshan Hullon, a senior from Moline, Ill., majoring in biology and pre-medicine will play the role of Nazeer.

Students from your area in the play include:

Calivn Vo, a senior from Moline, Ill., majoring in theatre arts and English will play the role of Pony.

Tickets are $11 for the public and $9 for senior citizens, students and Augustana faculty/staff.

The story focuses on three men in their early 20s who spend much of their time in the parking lot of a convenience store in the fictional town of Burnfield. They talk trash, revel in their high school glory days and harass the Pakistani owner of the store. The turning point of this evening is the arrival of an old high school friend who has gone on to become a semi-famous musician, has an album on the charts and a video on MTV.

In the course of the evening, all of the friends congregate in the parking lot and tension mounts as they all realize things are never the same as they once were. The building tension between the friends continues late into the night as relationships are made, tested and broken. As the next day dawns, some of the group have found their way out of Burnfield while the rest are left to deal with a tragedy that could have been any one of them.

"Our hope with this play is that it sparks conversation: about the young people in our own lives who feel hopeless, and how to help them, and create a brighter future with them than the one they can envision for themselves. In the end, we hope that the audience sees why this conversation is an important one to have," said director Dr. Jennifer Popple, fellowship instructor at Augustana.

Tickets can be purchased through the Augustana Ticket Office by calling (309) 794-7306 or by visiting augustana.edu/tickets.


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