Swarthmore College Drama Board Presents Production of "The Wild Party"

Anita Pace

Swarthmore College Drama Board Presents Production of George C. Wolfe and Michael John LaChiusa's "The Wild Party"

by Anita Pace
04/04/2008

The Swarthmore College Drama Board presents a production of George C. Wolfe and Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party on Fri., Apr. 11, 8:00 p.m., Sat., Apr. 12, 8:00 p.m, and Sun., Apr. 13, 2:00 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public and will take place in the Lang Performing Arts Center, Pearson Hall Theater.

Manhattan decadence in the 1920s provides the backdrop for The Wild Party, a tough musical fable by George C. Wolfe and Michael John LaChiusa. Queenie, a vaudeville chorine, hosts the blow-out of the title with her vicious lover, Burrs. The guests are a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone. The jazz and gin-soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat as artifice and illusion are stripped away. When midnight debauchery leads to a tragedy at dawn, the high-flying characters land with a sobering thud, reminding us that no party lasts forever.

The production will be directed by students Jackie Vitale '09 and Dan Perelstein '09, choreographed by Carmella Ollero '09, and produced by Laura Wolk '09.

Contains mature material.

For more information, contact Laura Wolk '09 at lwolk1@swarthmore.edu.