Posted on January 30, 2017, BY Matthew Beltz

The Bucknell University theatre & dance department will present two identical shows featuring a pair of student-directed showcases on Friday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 4. Both shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall and admission is $5.

Gregory Wolf '17 will direct Betsuyaku Minoru's The Cherry in Bloom. Originally written in Japanese and translated by Robert T. Rolf, this play chronicles the tale of Yoshio, an average child who must face a world where the advice of his family, the behavior of his friends and the urge of his conscience come into dramatic conflict. Rarely performed in English, the work paints a vivid portrait of one family's everyday life as it slowly morphs from dreamlike to nightmarish. This play is suggested for ages 11 and over and contains some disturbing content.

Casey Venema '18 will direct Doug Wright's Wildwood Park. This work explores the psychology of evil and what acts of violence we are willing to accept in the name of self-preservation. Underneath the beautiful exterior of Wildwood Park's largest manor house is a gruesome and tragic history that seems to whisper horrors from the walls. Mr. Havilland is charged with selling this house while protecting it from the prying public eyes. His job becomes more difficult to stomach and his mental stability begins to crumble when Dr. Simian, a charismatic young man willing to look past the backstory of the house, enters and wants to buy the home. However, as Mr. Havilland tours him around the house, he begins to suspect Dr. Simian's intentions may not be so transparent.



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