Theatre Department prepares for first show

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Pacific University’s Theatre Department, known for putting on unique and interesting dramas and musicals each year, is excited and ready as they prepare for their first show of the year “The Good Woman of Setzuan.”

“It’s set in a time and place where people are very desperate and poor,” Director Ellen Margolis said. “And then, these gods who have heard that humanity is falling apart, come to earth to look for a single good person. The one person they do find who is kind and good is a young prostitute.”

Margolis explained how the action of the play picks up after the gods give $1,000 to the young prostitute, whose name is Shen Te.

“The people around Shen Te start to want and possess her riches,” Margolis said. “And although she wants to do what is best for everyone, Shen Te’s life becomes considerably difficult and she is forced to make some important decisions.”

According to Margolis, Shen Te’s life continues to get more complicated as the play progresses. She becomes pregnant, has a child and the hardships in the woman’s life eventually culminate in a wild climax.

“The Good Woman of Setzuan,” which was cast for early on in the semester, will feature a line up of only Pacific students. Freshman Phoebe Whittington will play the lead of the show and act as Shen Te alongside senior Trevor Harter who will play the part of the male love interest to Shen Te.

Nine additional cast members, who will play an additional 30 roles, will fill out the rest of the cast roster for the production.

“It’s going great,” Margolis said regarding the development of the play’s production. “We’re rehearsing four nights a week and are beginning to put everything into place. There’s music, singing and a lot of interesting design elements.”

“The Good Woman of Setzuan” will be showing in the Tom Miles Theater of Warner Hall  Oct. 21-23 and again Oct. 27-29.

Tickets for the show can be bought at the door and all are welcome to attend.


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