The Penn State Berks Theatre Department will present “The Revenge of the Space Pandas” of Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock,” written by David Mamet, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 through Saturday, Sept. 22, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. This production is free and appropriate for the entire family.
According to dramaticpublishing.com:
“Binky Rudich, his friend Viv, and his almost human sheep Bob tinker with a two-speed clock with the idea that, as Binky says, “Time on Earth moves at the same speed all the time, but there is another speed, a slower speed, and if we could find it, everything would stand still on Earth and we would spin off.” And they do! To Crestview, Fourth World in the Goolagong System, ruled by George Topax and guarded by the Great Space Pandas. The excitement really begins when the Supreme Ruler commands that Bob be brought to him, never again to leave Goolagong, and he steals the two-speed clock just to make sure. Only a very serious playwright could produce such an insane comedy!”
Senior theatre major Taylor Clark Housel will direct the production. Sophomore theatre major Brandon Reimer will play the role of Binky, Caitlin Whelan ’12 will play Vivian, and Griffin Cook is portraying Bob the Sheep. Sophomore Tessa Eberlein will play George, and senior rehabilitation and health sciences major Kate Bennett is playing Binky’s mother. The cast is rounded out by sophomore theatre majors Charles Carr and Vince Coughlin, who play the Space Pandas.
The creative team is composed of Tommy Heiler, assistant director and junior criminal justice major Dan Harper, stage manager. Once again, the college’s engineering students are lending a hand to the team with junior electro-mechanical engineering technology major R.J. Bonham on lighting design and first-year engineering major Heather Alexander on sound design.
The Penn State Berks Bachelor of Arts in Theatre provides students with a solid foundation to become successful theatre artists and effective theatre educators. The degree program also trains students in the skills to become effective communicators and professional program managers.