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Life is a stage in Manchester College’s

fall play – a comedy by A.R. Gurney


      Is life really a stage?  This is just what the characters are trying to discover in The Fourth Wall, Manchester College’s fall play.  AR Gurney’s comedy pokes fun at the world today, lampooning politics, culture, art and theatre. 

Manchester College will present the critically-acclaimed play at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 and Oct. 9, and again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 in Wampler Auditorium.  The play coincides with Homecoming weekend. Tickets are $7 for adults; $6 for senior citizens and students. For reservations, call (260) 982-5551.

Professor Scott K. Strode, MC theatre director, said the timing is perfect for this play.  “I like satire, even when the target is theatre, but especially when the target is politics.  The Fourth Wall fills the bill nicely.”

The Fourth Wall is the story of Peggy, a middle-aged housewife who rebels against the smugness of her friends, her marriage, government and even her furniture, which she rearranges like a stage set facing the fourth wall – convinced an audience is watching her life. Her husband Roger elicits help from a friend, Julia, who also becomes convinced they are living on a stage.  Floyd, a theater professor comes in to “exorcize” the fourth wall.

Here’s the cast:

Steve Grubb, a senior from Goshen, Ind., is the husband Roger.

Emma Munson, a junior from Albion, Ind., is the housewife Peggy.

Aaron Hostetler, a first-year student from Bremen, Ind., is the professor, Floyd.

Rachel McFadden, a junior from North Manchester, Ind., is the friend, Julia.


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