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Eastern to Perform "Pleasure Beach"

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT - Students from Eastern Connecticut State University's Theatre program will perform "Pleasure Beach" from Dec. 2-4 at the Harry Hope Theatre, located in Shafer Hall at the corner of High and Valley Streets. The show opens each night at 7:30 p.m. A late-night performance will be held at 11 p.m. on Dec. 4. The public is invited. Tickets are $5 for Eastern students and groups of 10 or more; $10 for Eastern faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens; and $12 for the general public.

The play follows characters traveling along Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport for a day. The performance is more abstract and experimental than typical stage shows. It includes improvisation, singing and dancing.

"Instead of running like a normal show with a script, much of 'Pleasure Beach' takes its cues from music, video projections and live video with little script," said stage manager Seana Hendrickson '12. "Many of the film captures were taken on location at Pleasure Beach. This show is sure to excite everyone in new and interesting ways that many of the people at Eastern have not been exposed to."

The performance is directed by David Pellegrini, chair of Eastern's Performing Arts Department. Students and faculty members from the performing arts, communication and visual arts departments worked together to create the piece.

According to Pellegrini, Pleasure Beach is "an original performance piece created in collaboration with students in experimental theatre. In that class, we explore performance techniques such as the use of media alongside live performance (including live video feeds), movement and improvisation-based construction of works, non-narrative techniques and heavy use of sound and technical effects which emphasize a 'theatre of images' over traditional drama." 

            For reservations, call the Box Office at (860) 465-5123.


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