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University Theatre Presents Comedy, Quirky Characters in ‘Theophilus North’

November 14, 2013

Theophilus North

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas— Set in the town of Newport, R.I. during the Jazz age, the play “Theophilus North” follows the title character as he searches for his place in the world. This off-Broadway play, which is set in 1926, was adapted for the stage by Matthew Burnett from the novel by three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Thornton Wilder.

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will present “Theophilus North,” from Tuesday, Nov. 19, through Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. in the Wilson Theatre in the Center for the Arts.  The play is directed by Kelly Russell, Associate Professor of Theatre.  

“I chose to direct ‘Theophilus North’ because it has everything I want to see when I go to the theatre—comedy, drama, quirky characters, and intelligent themes,” said Russell.

North, who quits his job in pursuit of adventure, finds out that one does not have to go to Paris or Cairo to find it. Due to his lack of funds and a broken car, North finds himself stuck in the town of Newport. He takes on odd jobs around town in order to save money, and begins connecting with the townspeople. The play centers on his interactions with several families and how his actions cause significant changes in their lives.

“Like many of Wilder’s works, ‘Theophilus North’ explores how everyday details in life can have cosmic significance,” said Russell. “Today, more than ever, we have a need to understand that our actions cause ‘ripples’ that can change the course of others’ lives as well as our own.”

Russell adds that the play is a wonderful training vehicle for the students involved. In order to tell North’s story, students must learn to master simplicity as well as grand theatrics. Actors also learn to play multiple characters and challenging roles.

 Tickets are $10 for adults, $6.50 for students, and $5 for students with a SandDollar$ ID.  Proceeds from ticket sales support theatre education for Island University students.  For more information, go to http://cla.tamucc.edu/theatre/.

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