Department of English

"The Difficulty of Crossing a Field": Innovative play comes to campus

Sun, May 2, 2010 | F. Loren Winship Drama Building (WIN), B. Iden Payne Theatre

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Difficulty of Crossing a Field
Admission: $20/$17/$15, available online or by calling 477-6060
Link: Fine Arts ticketing information

Libretto by Mac Wellman
Composed by David Lang
Directed by Luke Leonard
Music Directed by Lyn Koenning

Performances: April 28, 29, 30 & May 1 at 8:00 PM
                     & May 1 - 2 at 2:00 PM

This play is based on the story of a slave-owning farmer who walks across a cotton field in Selma, Ala., and disappears. Beneath the field is the strain of slavery, so embedded in this nation's history and covered up, the more witnesses try to recount the disappearance the more elusive it becomes. Blurring the boundaries of musical theater and opera, this inventive new play mixes spoken and sung text with emotional melodies and intense drama.

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