OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Tony Kushner’s historical drama, ‘A Bright Room Called Day” opens at OSU Theatre

03/31/2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Tony Kushner’s historical drama, “A Bright Room Called Day,” will be performed by Oregon State University Theatre April 14-18 in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre, 30th and Campus Way, Corvallis.

Performances will run April 14-17 at 7:30 p.m. and April 18 at 2 p.m. as part of OSU’s Holocaust Memorial Week. The play is presented in conjunction with the History Department and the Holocaust Memorial Program.

Kushner’s politically charged drama tells the story of a group of activists and artists living in Berlin amidst the fall of the Weimar Republic between 1932 and 1933. At the center of the group is Agnes, a bit-part Berlin actress, struggling with her own fears in the midst of Hitler’s rise to power. Confronted with the rise of fascism, each must choose how to respond to the political upheaval. Friendships and moral convictions are tested amidst the turmoil. Kushner offers a rich and witty narrative about the way that the personal and the political collide.

“One of the questions about the Holocaust that has always intrigued me is: What kind of people allow such atrocities to happen in their midst,” said Elizabeth Helman, director of the play. “It’s easy to look back and judge from our perspective, but the characters in the play are just like any of us. It’s chilling.”

Ticket prices will be available at the door for a $2 suggested donation. For more information call the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784 or go to http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/

The play will be presented as part of OSU’s 24th annual observance of Holocaust Memorial Week featuring programs and guest speakers. For more information about the Holocaust Memorial Program visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/holocaust/index.php

More detailed information about the production process and play’s historical background can be found at the OSU Theatre blog at http://osutheatreplays.blogspot.com

The cast of “A Bright Room Called Day” includes OSU students Andrew Atkinson (Medford) as Traum, Matt Holland (Corvallis) as Baz, Kimberly Holling (Ontario) as Zillah, Victoria Hamilton (Newberg) as Agnes, Chiaki Horan (Tokyo) as Malek, McKenzie Miller (La Grande) as Gotchling, and Dan E. Mueller (Houston) as Husz. Community members in the play include: Ariel Ginsburg (Los Angeles) as Die Alte, Arianne Jacques (Pendelton, S.C.) as Paulinka, and Jeff Nichols (Clackamas) as Herr Swetts.