NIU School of Theatre and Dance Presents William Inge’s Picnic
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Saturday, March 25, 2017
The NIU School of Theatre and Dance will present William Inge’s Picnic on March 23-26. This play is directed by Margaret Scanlan, the Artistic Director of the Nightpath Theatre in Minnesota. Performances are at the NIU Holmes Student Center, 340 Carroll Ave in DeKalb. Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, and an additional evening performance beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday the 25th. Tickets are $7. Ticket reservations or additional information is available by contacting the NIU School of Theatre and Dance box office at (815) 753-1600, or online at the School of Theatre and Dance website at www.niu.edu/theatre.
First written and performed in 1953, Inge’s play tells the story of a drifter named Hal making his way through Kansas. He stops in a small town to work for Helen Potts, an older woman in town. He becomes reacquainted with his old college friend, Alan Seymour, and winds up falling in love with Alan’s girlfriend Madge Owens. Madge is a young 18-year old, who deals with finding her identity outside of being labeled a “pretty-one,” while her sister Millie attempts to escape the shadow of her sister.