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Cedarville University to Present an "American Classic"

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Cedarville University to Present an "American Classic"

by Public Relations Office

January 13, 2005

Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University`s theatre program will present the American classic drama "Spoon River Anthology" January 27-29 and February 3-5. The play will open in Cedarville University`s Stevens Student Center Theater. Written by Edgar Lee Masters in 1915, "Spoon River Anthology" is an extraordinary gallery of saints and rogues, a series of poetic epitaphs by former inhabitants (both real and imagined) of Spoon River. Like the real Spoon River, an area in Illinois which was the home of both Masters and Abraham Lincoln, the play`s Spoon River is the kind of town American was built upon. "Spoon River Anthology" survives as an epic of the small middle-American town. Director Mischelle McIntosh says the play was chosen for its unique style and varied characterizations. The Cedarville resident explained, "The actors and musicians take you back to an earlier time in our American history to demonstrate that people of all time periods deal with the same issues that we face today, only under different circumstances." Through moving musical interludes and beautiful prose and poetry, the play introduces the ghosts of the former inhabitants of Spoon River — ghosts whose secrets now transcend the grave and greatly enrich the lives of those who will listen. The play is rich with poignant vignettes ranging from descriptions of lovers, preachers, and teachers to the humorous chronicle of the poor mixed-up man who ended up in the wrong cemetery. Performances will be nightly at 8 p.m. with an additional matinee on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. Ticket sales begin January 13; cost is $11 for adults and $7 for students. For more information, call 1-800-860-7625. -30-