September 24, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University department of theatre and dance will present "Never in My Lifetime" Oct. 5, 6 and 7 at 8:30 p.m. in the Tustin Studio Theatre at Bucknell.

Admission to this Theatre Showcase is $3 per person. Note that this play contains both explicit language and mature content. Also, latecomers cannot be admitted due to the unusual scenic environment.

Love in Northern Ireland

"Never in My Lifetime" was written by Shirley Gee and recounts the story of the love between a 19-year-old British soldier and a local Irish girl amidst the violence of Northern Ireland in the 1970s.

Although the play is set in England and Northern Ireland in the recent past, not all of the situations described in "Never in My Lifetime" still arise. "The situation in Northern Ireland has changed dramatically, " said director Bob Gainer, professor of theatre at Bucknell.

"For example, the presence of British troops has all but ended, and inter-community violent incidents have greatly diminished.

"But Northern Ireland is still a colony of Britain, and the impasse and animosity between Catholics and Protestants remain. Although the situation is much less dire than in the past, life for many in heavily sectarian areas still consists of poverty, unemployment, and the continued threat of violence," he said.

Radio and stage play

Originally written as a radio  play, "Never in My Lifetime" was first broadcast by the BBC in 1983. It won the Sony Award and the Giles Cooper Award. Considerably rewritten for the stage, it was produced by the Soho Poly Theatre in London in 1984. The stage version won the 1984 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

According to Gainer, this production was conceived of as a showcase project for Bucknell's theatre program's younger and up-and-coming talented actors. Members of the cast include Bucknell sophomores Rachael Pearce, Scott Van Pelt, Julia Frieri, Craig Dwyer and Nicole Fellows and juniors Megan Vodzak and Allyson Haseltine.

The Bucknell production includes lighting design and technical direction by John Andzulis; costume design by Emma Scholl; and sound design by Bucknell senior Megan McShea. Bucknell first-year students Katie Davis and Sarah Kosheff are serving as stage manager and assistant stage manager respectively.

L. to r. Megan Vodzak, Craig Dwyer, Rachael Pearce, Scott Van Pelt, Julia Frieri. Photo credit: Ryan Winn

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Posted Sept. 24, 2007


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