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November 2010 - Speech & Theatre

posted Nov 8, 2010, 2:35 PM by Terry Ann Morris
Laura Pulio Colbert, Professor of Speech & Theatre is currently preparing for the Harper Ensemble Theatre Company‘s fall production of Bury the Dead by Irwin Shaw. The play, written in 1936 in response to the impending World War growing to fruition on the European continent, is about six dead soldiers who rise from their graves to confront those left behind. The original script will be updated by using the six major American conflicts of the last century as a setting for the play. Each of the soldiers will represent a different era as the audience is propelled forward in time through the use of music and visual images. In addition to the updated staging, the play will include the American Friends Service Committee‘s widely acclaimed exhibit Eyes Wide Open, that explores the human cost of life in Iraq and Afghanistan. The play will include over 200 pairs of boots from the national exhibit, and each pair will stand proudly for a soldier from the State of Illinois who has died as a result of the Gulf conflict. Most importantly, this production is dedicated to all those who serve in the United States military today, as well as Veterans of past conflicts. Performance dates are November 12-14 and November 19-21. Tickets are available at the Harper Box Office (847)925-6100. This production is not recommended for children under 16.