New Jersey Stage

Sunday, October 6, 2013

ROWAN STAGES RE-TELLING OF CLASSIC IBSEN PLAY SET IN APPALACHIA

(GLASSBORO, NJ) -- Award-winning playwright Romulus Linney's re-imagined version of Henrik Ibsen's poetic drama, Peer Gynt, opens the new season for the Department of Theatre & Dance at Rowan University. Performances are October 23 November 3, 2013, in the Westby Hall Studio Theatre on the university's Glassboro campus.


Gint is Linney's re-telling puts a new spin on a literary classic, transferring the story from 19th century Norway to America's Appalachian region in 1917. Pete Gint is a ragged young man who spends most of his time lying, drinking and getting into trouble but is determined to become "something great, grand and glorious." Unsure of what that is, he embarks on a series of misadventures with a variety of women, though he pines for his true love, Sally. Yet when Gint's past catches up with him, he leaves her behind and ventures out into the world. After experiencing success and then failure, he makes a difficult journey home to find what life might now hold for him there.

"It's a barn-burner and a hoot," notes director and faculty member Lane Savadove. "It's psychological and a fairy tale and a drama."

Savadove's production creates the atmosphere of the piece by weaving in songs and music, arranged and directed by Chris Roche, with sets designed by Dirk Durossette and projections by David Cimetta.

The cast includes Lauren Berman of Cherry Hill, Dane Eissler of Franklinville, Kaitlin Kemp of Fredericksburg (VA), Sam Price of Lincroft, Ben Shutman of Ocean Township, Andy Spinosi of Haddonfield, Zach Taylor of Haddon Heights, Katie Verde of Toms River and Matt Weil of Lindenwold.

Presented by the College of Performing Arts and the Departments of Theatre & Dance and Music, Gint runs October 23, 24, 25, 26, 30 & 31 and November 1 & 2 at 8:00 p.m. and October 26 & 27 and November 2 & 3 at 2:00 p.m. in Westby Hall Studio Theatre. Tickets are $15, general admission; and $10, seniors/non-Rowan students/alumni/staff. Rowan students are admitted FREE with valid ID (Rowan student tickets cannot be reserved online; contact the box office). Call 856-256-4545 or visit rowan.tix.com .


The Studio Theatre is located in Westby Hall on the Rowan University campus, 201 Mullica Hill Road in Glassboro, NJ.