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Pomona College Theatre Presents "Melancholy Play" by Sarah Ruhl, Pulitzer Prize Finalist

The Pomona College Department of Theatre & Dance and Theatre for the Claremont Colleges present Pulitzer Prize Finalist Sarah Ruhl’s, Melancholy Play.
Performances are Oct. 11-13 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 13 & 14 at 2 p.m.

In Melancholy Play a group of cheerful Americans living in Illinois, content with their lives and comfortable positions in society, are shaken up by a mysterious, beautiful and inexplicably melancholic young woman. Melancholy Play is described by critics as “iconic and cinematic, bold, outward, sassy, sexy and unashamed…a contemporary farce… a sincere melodrama.” Cellist (and Pomona College math professor) Ami Radunskaya will perform music by Michael Friedman and provide additional original music.

In 2006 Ruhl was named a MacArthur Fellow. Her play, The Clean House, was a Pulitzer Prize contender in 2005 and won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn
Prize in 2004. Her plays tackle life, death, religion and politics and have been produced throughout the U.S. and Europe at such venues as the Lincoln Center Theater (New York), the Actor’s Centre (London), the Goodman Theatre (Chicago), and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, among many others.

The play will be held in the Allen Studio Theatre, located in the Seaver Theatre Complex (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont) at Pomona College.

Directed by Betty Bernhard, Pomona College professor of theatre, ticket prices are $5 for faculty, staff, seniors & students and $10.00 for general admission. For further information, please call the Pomona College Seaver Theatre Box Office at (909) 621-8525 or 607-4375. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

The Pomona College Department of Theatre & Dance is the only five-college theatre department in the world. Serving Pomona College, Pitzer College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, and Claremont McKenna College, it offers theoretical and practical work in all phases of theatre and dance, within the context of a rigorous liberal arts education. In addition to its academic offerings, it produces a variety of plays and an annual dance concert. The plays selected include classics old and new, contemporary plays and experimental pieces. The productions offer opportunities in performance, design and technical work to all interested students of the Claremont Colleges.