Students at Tuscarawas Central Catholic High at New Philadelphia will present “The Ubu Plays” tonight at 7:30 in Founders Hall Auditorium on the Tuscarawas Campus of Kent State University.
Based on the comedy “Ubu Roi” by Alfred Jarry and first produced in 1896, “The Ubu Plays” have been adapted by Jeff Goode specifically for student performers. Like the original, “The Ubu Plays” are outrageous. The story is absurd, the costumes are silly, and the characters are ridiculous.
The overall effect is somewhere between political farce and Marx Brothers chaos.
Seventeen students will perform assorted roles, headed by senior Patrick Barnhouse as Ubu, the once and future king. Other key roles are played by seniors Alisha Armstrong, Kyle Triplett, Glenn Von Allman, Jessica Teater, Theresa Rice, and Jon White.
Also featured in the cast and playing multiple roles are Scott Lawrence, Cassie Dick, David Helbling, Rebecca Scali, Betsy Dotto, Gabriella Gu, Tina Tian, Kelly Lehigh, Amy Dummermuth and Coleman Boring.
Stage managers are Melissa Albury, Sabrina Clouse and Heather White. The show is being staged under the direction of Rich Jagunic.
“The Ubu Plays” are presented by permission of Baker Plays, Quincy, Massachusetts.
Tickets will be available at the door. Adult admission is $6 and tickets for students and senior citizen are $4. The play runs approximately two hours and is appropriate for all ages.
– Tuscarawas Central Catholic High