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Kent State Stark Theatre Presents Plumfield, Iraq

Posted Oct. 19, 2011


Kent State University at Stark Theatre presents Plumfield, Iraq by Barbara Lebow as the first play of the 2011-12 season. The production will be performed on November 4, 5, 10 and 12 at 8 p.m. and on November 6 and 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the Kent State Stark Theatre, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for the performance on November 6 at 2:30 p.m.
 
This powerful memory drama follows two Plumfield High School seniors who join the Army and are deployed to Iraq. The effects of war, on them and their families at home, are poignantly examined, as one friend struggles with returning to a normal life while suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The audience is pulled into these young soldiers’ emotional experiences on and off the battlefield, poetically moving between past and present, fantasy and reality.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for non-Kent State students, children under 17 and senior citizens. All Kent State students are admitted free of charge with current student ID. Tickets may be obtained beginning October 24. Reserve tickets online at www.stark.kent.edu/theatre or call the Kent State Stark Theatre Box Office at 330-244-3348, Mondays through Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m.
 
Playwright Barbara Lebow will be Kent State Stark’s artist-in-residence for a week during the production. She will discuss Plumfield, Iraq with the audience following the performances on November 6 and November 10, in addition to attending an informal Meet the Playwright reception on Monday, Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. in Kent State Stark’s Library, second floor. For Lebow’s biography, visit stark.kent.edu/theatre.
 
Directing Plumfield, Iraq is Kent State Stark Assistant Professor of Theatre and Theatre Director Brian Newberg. Louis Williams is the scenic and lighting designer. Susan Blurton is the costume designer and Ron Jarvis is the sound designer.