The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Theatre Department will open its new season with an affectionate rendition of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s vintage comedy, You Can’t Take it With You.
The production will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 18 through Saturday, October 20 and Thursday, October 25 through Saturday, October 27, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, October 21 and 28, in the Studio Theatre of the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the UPJ campus.
Winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize, this visit with the lovable Sycamore family sounded an upbeat message to a nation frazzled by the Great Depression, an underscoring of the need to move past the loss of material possessions to the importance of love and human connection.
Audiences will enjoy the spectacle of the “normal” daughter, Alice Sycamore’s attempt to marry into a conventional family against the backdrop of her eccentric home, where xylophone music, ballet lessons, playwriting, fireworks, a printing press, and pet snakes are the norm, with occasional visits from tax collectors and the FBI.
Featured in the large cast are Rachel Abraham, Mark Kantoski, Chris Girardot, Margaret Valdez, Curtis Caldwell, Michelina Pollini, Ali Shettima, Dance Drier, Kristen Farabaugh, Andrew Miller, and Lauren Wahl, with guest performances by Charles Amershek and Douglas Meagher.
UPJ welcomes guest director Scott Baron. Scenic design is by James Moore, costumes by Linda Capp, lighting and sound by Michael Feight, with properties, make-up and hairstyles by Pat Fenchak.
For additional information, contact Rodney Eatman, UPJ Theatre Department director, at 814-269-7232.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Artsline at 1-800-846-ARTS from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tickets are $10. Discount tickets of $7 are being offered to senior citizens (over 65 years of age), students under 18 and members of the Pitt Johnstown community (faculty, staff, students and members of the Pitt Johnstown Alumni Association who carry the “gold card”). The box office is open for in-person sales from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before performances.
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