LEC Department of Theatre presents “Sexual Perversity in Chicago”

Fine Arts,

The Lake Erie College Department of Theatre will present its spring production, “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, beginning April 12 and ending April 15, 2018 in the C.K. Rickel Theater in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts.

Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Jerry Jaffe, PhD, the production includes a limited number of performances to take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday April 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30 p.m., with one matinee performance scheduled for Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m.

“Sexual Perversity in Chicago” is an Obie Award-winning romantic comedy centering on the sex lives of two men and two women living in Chicago in the 1970s. Famous for its extensive adult language and frank conversations about sexuality, this play may not be appropriate for younger viewers.

LEC alumni Joe Fath ’11 and Jamie Kuta ’17 will play lead characters Dan and Deborah, a couple of 20-somethings who try to see if their one-night stand can evolve into something more. Meanwhile, Deborah’s friend Joan is played by LEC student Katie Greene, and Dan’s best friend Bernie is played by community-based actor Sean Cahill.

Joan and Bernie coach their friends in the era’s sexual politics, drawing from their own misadventures, and comedy ensues.

This play was twice adapted to film under the title About Last Night. Starring actors Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, it first hit movie theaters in 1986. A 2014 film adaptation starred Kevin Hart.

Mamet is one of America’s leading playwrights, with over 50 plays and movies to his credit. Mamet won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1984 for Glengarry Glen Ross.  He is known for combining realistic language with  poetic sensibilities.

Dr. Jaffe described the dialogue, saying, “No one swears that beautifully.”  

The play is fast-paced, containing 40 scenes in less than an hour. Dr. Jaffe is working with designer Tom West to create an open-spaced set to allow for speed and fluid transitions.

Costumes are being designed by LEC adjunct faculty member April Rock, who said she is enjoying “recreating the fashion trends of 1976.”

Stage manager Katelynn Archer is a junior at LEC. She is aided by assistant stage manager Justin Keeler, another LEC student.

Tickets for the show cost $5 for community members and will be free with a Lake Erie College ID. No reservations are necessary. This show should be considered only for mature audiences.

"Sexual Perversity in Chicago” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

For more information, contact the Lake Erie College Fine Arts box office at 440-375-7455.

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