(Princeton, NJ) Christopher Durang’s madcap 1987 comedy Laughing Wild brings to a close the 2007-2008 season of Princeton University’s Program in Theater and Dance of the Lewis Center for the Arts. The show will run Friday – Saturday, May 23 - 24, 2008 and Friday – Sunday, May 30 - June 1, 2008. All performances are at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio at the Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street, Princeton.
Laughing Wild showcases Durang’s unique take on the malaise of modern life, which never fails to amuse, excite and provoke his audiences, as the recent production of his play Miss Witherspoon at the McCarter Theater proved. Laughing Wild features one actor and one actress. The woman is emotional and unstable, threatening to accost someone in the supermarket who won’t clear a path to the tuna fish she wants to buy. The man tries to practice positive thinking, but keeps spiraling into negativity. Sparks fly when the two meet.
This senior thesis production of Laughing Wild is directed by faculty member Kate Whoriskey, best known for her work on the plays of MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Lynn Nottage. Whoriskey has directed at many of the country’s regional theaters, including the South Coast Rep, the Arena Stage, the Goodman, the Shakespeare Theater, and the ART. The Princeton production features two veterans of the undergraduate theater scene, seniors Irene Lucio ’08, who will matriculate at the Yale School of Drama in the fall, and Robert Grant ’08, in their last performances at Princeton.
Tickets range from $10 to $15, and may be ordered by calling University Ticketing at 609.258.9220.
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