The Penn State Berks Theatre Department will present “The Pavilion,” written by Craig Wright, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20; Friday, Sept. 21; and Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium.
This event is free and open to the public.
Hailed by critics as an “an Our Town for our time,” this play is by turns poetic and comic, romantic and philosophical. Peter returns to his 20-year high-school reunion with dreams of winning back Kari, the girl he left behind after an unexpected pregnancy ended their relationship. Standing in Peter’s way is Kari’s bitter-as-ever resentment, her husband and the fact that Peter still hasn’t grown up.
As the night progresses, both Peter and Kari are led, through their interactions with a host of characters all played by a virtuosic Narrator, to face the consequences of choices made long ago and start back into life with newfound strength and bittersweet resolve.
Theatre major Taylor Clark Housel will direct the production and Theatre major Kayla Kasmari is playing the role of Kari. The cast is rounded out by Tommy Heiler playing Peter and Griffin Franklin Cook playing the Narrator.
The Penn State Berks Bachelor of Arts in Theater provides students with a solid foundation to become successful theater artists and effective theater educators. The degree program also trains students in the skills to become effective communicators and professional program managers.