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First theatre production of season, Coward Land, opens Oct. 3

Monday, September 30, 2013

Professor-authored play was a 2012 National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

The first play of the Beloit College theatre season, Coward Land, was a 2012 semi-finalist at the National Playwrights Conference held at the famed Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Local audiences will get the opportunity to see it performed fromThursday, Oct. 3 through Saturday, Oct. 5 and from Thursday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Kresge Theatre on the Beloit College campus.

Written and directed by David Marcia, a visiting professor in the theatre, dance and media studies department at Beloit, the play centers on three young women in their early 20s played by Orianna O'Neill’16, Samantha Abrams’17 and Silvia Abelson’16.

Amid the wreckage of a wedding day and the end of an empire, they figure out questions like “what if you can’t live where you’re from anymore?,” “what if the only way to better yourself is by oppressing others?” and “who fights our wars for us and why?”

“What makes this play special is that it deals with political and ethical issues in a provocative and entertaining way,” Marcia said. “It's a funny play and it's a scary play, and it engages the audience in a very active way with the intent of making the people who leave the performance a bit different from those who arrived.”

Due to the drama and humor, Coward Land is for mature audiences only. Tickets are $8.50 for general admission, $5 for seniors/faculty and $4 for students. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 608-363-2755 Monday - Friday from 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

To watch the Coward Land trailer on YouTube, click here.