Written by Nana Owusu-Agyemang
Willimantic, Conn. - The Theatre Program at Eastern Connecticut State University will present the Neil Simon autobiography, "Biloxi Blues," in Harry Hope Theatre in Shafer Hall. The play will be performed on Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 23-24 at 7:30 p.m., with a 4 p.m. matinée on Oct. 21. The public is invited. Admission is $5 for students and groups of 10 or more; $10 for Eastern faculty, staff and senior citizens; and $12 for the general public.
Written by Simon as the second in his autobiographical trilogy and directed by Theatre Professor Ellen Faith Brodie, "Biloxi Blues" is set during World War II, but presents young people in challenging situations similar to those experienced in today's world -- bigotry, sexual identity and one's readiness for combat in war and everyday life. Brodie says what excites her about directing this play is Simon's "amazing ability to use comedy while presenting the most poignant and painful possibilities of human nature." She says that the play also reminds her that "we also have the ability to transcend and forgive ourselves and others, and importantly, learn from the past to make a better future."
"Biloxi Blues" is the first of the Harry Hope Theatre's season of shows for the fall 2012 semester.