March 31, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University department of theatre and dance will present David Hare's "The Secret Rapture" on April 11, 12, 13, and 14 at 8 p.m. in the Harvey Powers Theatre of Coleman Hall. Admission is $8, $6 for senior citizens and students.

"Hare's humanistic and highly charged political drama focuses on many of the social, ethical and psychological concerns of the 1980s in England and America," said Bob Gainer, associate professor of theatre at Bucknell.

The play will be directed as a Senior Honors Theatre Project by Bucknell senior Emily Penick, and is being designed by three faculty designers: sets by Elaine Williams, costumes by Paula Davis, and lights and technical direction by Heath Hansum.

Family in crisis

Considered one of Hare's most successful and controversial works, "The Secret Rapture" begins with a family in crisis after the death of their father, Robert.

Robert's daughter Isobel is pressured by her sister to hire their alcoholic stepmother to work in her small design firm. The firm and family disintegrate simultaneously, and the audience is forced to address questions of integrity, family, and the pursuit of wealth.

Finest British dramatist

Hare's body of work spans three decades and has earned him a reputation, as "the finest British dramatist of his generation," according to The New York Times Review of Books.

From 1978 to 1999, Great Britain's National Theatre produced 12 of his plays, and in 1984 he was appointed associate director.

Hare's many awards include the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize for the most promising literary work written by a Briton under the age of 30; a British Academy of Film and Television Award for the best play of the year; a New York Critics Circle Award for best foreign play; and the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

Tickets are available online at or in person at the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at the Elaine Langone Center Box Office, located in the Bookstore, weekdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets also may be available at the door one hour prior to each performance.

L. to R. Rachael Pearce, Kristen Danley, Anastasia Peterson. Photo by Ryan Winn.

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Posted March 31, 2008