Blue Window TRC's Fall Production

SALEM, Va.- What would happen if you could peek inside five different apartments at the exact same moment? This is the premise of Craig Lucas' comedy Blue Window, a funny and affecting examination of young adults in New York City during the late 1980s. Blue Window will be performed by Theatre Roanoke College on the stage of the Olin Theater November 17-20 at 8 p.m. There is limited on-stage seating. This production includes adult language and situations. Admission for the general public is $7 and $5 for senior citizens and students. To order tickets, please call the Olin Box Office, Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. at (540) 375-2333.

By placing all five apartments on the stage at the same time, Lucas creates a musical of the spoken word, which is both exhilarating and utterly enchanting. Critics have called Blue Window "a marvel, an intricate and quiet piece that never stops surprising you with passion and terror, rich panoply of ideas hidden just under its glossy, soft-spoken surface."

As a variety of couples prepare for a dinner party, we begin to unearth the intricate and unspoken ways they attempt to communicate. Mixed into the punch bowl are references to pop-psychology, skydiving, talk shows, Descartes, family therapy, Virginia Woolf, jazz, Pulitzer Prize winning authors, world travel and an embarrassing secret. However, what becomes clear as the party ends is that these characters have managed to spend the entire evening talking without honestly communicating.

Lucas is a celebrated playwright and screenwriter. His screen credits include adaptations of his own stage works, Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless (currently being restaged on Broadway) and the groundbreaking Longtime Companion.

Lucas has won a string of the theater world's most prestigious awards, including the Obie for Best American Play for Small Tragedy, the New York Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay for The Secret Lives of Dentists, the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the PEN/Laura Pels mid-career achievement award, the Outer Critics, L.A. Drama Critics, Drama Logue and LAAMBDA Literary Awards. He also has received a Tony nomination, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the NEA and the PEW Charitable Trust and has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

The cast includes Valerie McQueen, a junior from Norton; Clark Mollenhoff, a senior from Brookeville, Md.; Rebecca Rauch, a freshman from Princeton, N, J.; Amanda Strine, a senior from Duncan, S.C.; Sarah Tolson, a sophomore from Mechanicsville; Brandon Underwood, a sophomore from New Castle; and James Wills, a sophomore from Richmond.

The stage manager is Allyson Spollen, a sophomore from Bumpass; assistant stage manager is Adria Blouin, a freshman from Parkton, Md.; costume design is by Heather Smith, a junior from Floyd; and lighting design is by Tyler Hall, a senior from Weston, Conn.

Mary Ellen O'Hara, visiting assistant professor of theatre, directs the play and also is responsible for scenic and sound design. The technical director is George Arthur, teaching associate in theatre arts.