The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will continue its Fall 2013 season with A Bright Room Called Day when it opens on Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will take place in the Hartwig Theatre of the Theatre and Dance Building at Southern Miss. Performances continue Nov. 1, 2, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will take place Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. General admission is $8. For tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418 or 800.844.8425 or visit www.southernmisstickets.com.
This thought-provoking and boldly political effort by Tony Kushner (Pulitzer prize winning playwright for Angels in America) recounts the rise of Weimar Berlin’s art culture, just at the moment when an obscure and poorly educated Hitler began appealing to populist movements in Germany. More than a simple treatment of a tragic moment in history, the play investigates how common Berliners were unable to act against a rising fascist threat, or chose not to. Adult themes are included.
“I know that before the audience even steps in the door, they already have at least a partial knowledge of the events and players of World War II,” said director Kristopher Kuss, a third year Directing Masters of Fine Arts candidate from Niceville, Fla.
“This show takes place in the space before that, the calm before the storm, where friends gathered together in illusory security, unaware of the danger that loomed on the horizon,” he said. “Out of this has grown a production that I believe highlights the relationships that bind and break during periods of crisis, drawing the audience in to see, if only for a moment, the world through the eyes of the disenfranchised and forgotten.”
Kuss hopes that the audience “will not simply be entertained, but challenged as they see that these nameless faces lost to history serve as a warning against overvaluing the relative comfort and stability of our everyday lives while those with power decide our fate. ‘There is something calling...calling us to action, calling us to stand up to the calamity.’”
For more information about the Department of Theatre, call 601.266.4994 or visit www.usm.edu/theatre.