SALEM, Va.-Theatre Roanoke College presents its spring production, Variations, An Evening of Ives, Wednesday-Saturday, April 11-14, in the Olin Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens and students. To purchase tickets or for further information, please call the Olin Box Office Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. at (540) 375-2333. This production is suited for a mature audience due to language and content.
An Evening of Ives, by David Ives, consists of five short comedies. Ives is regarded as one the most imaginative and innovative American playwrights of today. The acts range from 10-15 minutes with each play being completely self-contained and free-standing. What brings them together is Ives' "off-center" view of the world and his wild, but insightful comedic style.
The production includes 11 actors performing in over 20 roles that vary from insects to psychiatrists to biblical construction workers. The plays are: The Enigma Variations, where characters explore their oddly intertwined lives; The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage, that absurdly joins a British murder mystery with a British sex comedy; Time Flies, where a couple of mayflies with the lifespan of 24 hours come together to mate; Babel's In Arms, featuring two workers who are building the Tower of Babel unaided; and The Variations on the Death of Trotsky, which comically investigates the assassination of Leon Trotsky, a communist revolutionary.
The cast includes Marett Carey, a freshman art history major from Sudbury, Mass.; Courtney Posey, a freshman theatre major from Alexandria; Haley Thomsen, a freshman from Tunbridge, Vt.; Joe Beasley, a sophomore theatre major from Powhatan; Chelsea Stroker, a junior theatre major from Charlotte, N.C.; Cory Lawson, a junior theatre major from Roanoke; Trent Thompson, a junior theology major from Roanoke; Lindsay Anderson, a senior theatre major from Norfolk; Wylliam Gates, a senior history major from Columbia, S.C.; Liên-Thành Kratzke, a senior biology major from Oak Hill; and RJ Warren, a senior history major from Covington.
The play is directed by Dr. Bruce Partin, professor of theatre and chairperson of the fine arts department. The technical director is George Arthur, resident artist and teaching associate.
Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,970 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.
For additional information, please call the Roanoke College Public Relations office at (540) 375-2282.