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Misericordia Players presenting 'Working: A Musical'
04-2-13

The play is being presented April 11-13 at 8 p.m.
Misericordia University’s theatrical group, The Misericordia Players, will present three performances of “Working: A Musical,” adapted by Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz, and noted writer Nina Faso. The show will run April 11, 12 and13 at 8 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. Tickets are available at the door for $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and students, or by calling the Misericordia University Cultural Events Box Office at (570) 674-6719.

The production is based on author Studs Terkel’s 1974 best-selling book, “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do,” a compilation of interviews with American workers. The musical paints a vivid portrait of men and women the world so often takes for granted, in professions such as school teacher, telephone operator, waitress, millworker, mason, and housewife, among others. Set in contemporary America, this production examines 26 people from all walks of life and explores how people’s relationships to their work ultimately reveal key aspects of their humanity, regardless of the trappings of the job itself.

This newly adapted version allows the audience to get a rare glimpse of the actors and technicians working to put on a show, and provides a raw adaptation that enhances the realistic and relatable nature of the subject matter.

Schwartz has received three Oscars, four Grammys, four Drama Desk Awards and one Golden Globe, as well as six Tony nominations for his work as composer of “Godspell,” “Wicked,” and “Pippin.” He collaborated with Faso, known for her work with “Godspell,” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” on this adaptation that was nominated for the 2011 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for New Adaptation

The production team includes Christine E. Rock, who is overseeing her eighth show at the campus as director; Jennifer Hunter, musical director; Patrick McKamy, Kingston Twp., technical director; Jeffrey Kelly, Dallas Twp., assistant technical director; Melinda Rothfuss, choreographer, and Mary Ruth Burke, costumer.

In addition, theater manager Donald Hopkins of Dallas Twp., and Rock will be assisted by students Mikayla Gillette, Hawley, Pa., as stage manager; and Matthew Cebrosky, Lehighton, Pa., as assistant stage manager.

The cast includes students R.J. Barna, Dallas, Pa.; Grace Riker, Bridgewater, N.Y.; Amy Koch, Reading, Pa.; Elizabeth Jackson, Hummelstown, Pa.; and Kaitlyn Tothero, Ephrata, Pa.

For more information about cultural events at Misericordia University, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/theartsandmore or call the Misericordia Box Office at (570) 674-6719. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 36 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.

CAPTION:

Misericordia Players rehearse a scene from the upcoming production of ‘Working: A Musical,’ being presented at the campus April 11, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. in Lemmond Theater at Walsh Hall. Shown, from left, are Grace Riker, Bridgewater, N.J.; Elizabeth Jackson, Hummelstown, Pa.; Kaitlyn Tothero, Ephrata, Pa.; R.J. Barna, Dallas, Pa., and Amy Koch, Reading, Pa.