Focus on Community/Arts
Peake Players Revisit the Turbulent 60s in 2004-2005

Wednesday, September 29, 2004


 

In celebration of Chesapeake College’s 40th birthday in 2005, the Peake Players are dedicating the entire 2004-05 performing season to the 1960s. The season opens on Friday, Oct. 8, with "Stuck in the 60s," a collection of vignettes featuring scenes, monologues and live music reflecting life in the 1960’s.

This first show of the academic year sets the stage for the rest of the performing season by showing the dichotomy of the ’60s, according to Anita Livingston, the Peake Players’ advisor and Chesapeake College drama instructor.

"This show captures the feel of that confusing decade by showing many points of view through a variety of characters," Livingston said. "The show highlights the contrasts and moves very quickly. In one scene a young hippie is speaking and in the next a character is talking about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, for example."

The cast of 21 actors is headed by student director Bruce Grove, who has starred in Peake Players performances in past seasons.

Shows will be at 7: 30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Louise Cadby Studio Theatre in the Kent Humanities Building. A matinee performance will be presented on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for all performances are $5 and will be available at the door.

The rest of the line-up this season features shows that were first produced during the 60s. "The main difference between shows of the 60s, as opposed to the more modern works, is that they tended to stay tightly within one genre. The comedies are purely comedies and the dramas are purely dramas. More recent shows tend to be a blend of seriousness and humor," said Anita Livingston.

The opening show will be followed by the 1965 Pulitzer Prize-winning classic "The Subject was Roses" Oct. 15 –24. The 1965 Tony Award-winning comedy, "The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon, will be presented Nov. 12 –21.

"These two shows are good examples of how plays in the 1960s are clearly comedy or drama," Livingston said. "There is nothing humorous about "Roses" and nothing serious in "Odd Couple". There’s a simplicity about them that modern shows don’t have. Today people often leave the theater with mixed emotions. In the 1960s, the audience left the theatre knowing exactly what they were supposed to be feeling."

Shows scheduled for the spring semester include "Luv"’ in March and "Cactus Flower" in April. Season tickets, which include admission to all five shows, are available for $25 and can be purchased at the door during any show.

For more information about the performances or tickets, please call 410-822-5400, ext. 278.

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