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Drama Students Stage Picnic

Loyola press release - March 21, 2003

(New Orleans)--An American classic and a favorite of audiences everywhere will be the second spring production of Loyola’s Department of Drama and Speech. Picnic by William Inge will run in the Lower Depths Theater on April 3-12. Don Brady will direct.

First presented on Broadway in 1953, Picnic won the Pulitzer Prize and the Critics Circle Award. The story concerns a small Kansas town in the 1950s. Millie, a teenage girl coming of age, is envious of her beautiful older sister Madge. Meanwhile, the unmarried women in the town lament the lack of interesting available men. Into this female atmosphere comes Hal, a young drifter possessed of great animal vitality. The effect that his sensual presence has on each of these women’s hopes and yearnings forms the basis of this intriguing tale.

“This play has long been a favorite of mine,” said Dr. Brady. “It’s an accurate portrait of a specific time and place, and it’s filled with three dimensional characters whose lives we come to care about.”

Picnic will run in the Lower Depths Theater, St. Charles at Calhoun, on April 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 8 p.m., and April 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students and seniors. Group discounts are available. For more information call 865-3824.

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