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Ryan Fischer/The Herald-Dispatch Neely Seams, as "Ellen," from right, and Steve Judy, portraying "Danny," act out a scene together during a dress rehearsal for Lisa Kron's "In The Wake" presented by the Marshall University School of Theatre on Sunday, February 10, 2019, inside the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON - Marshall University's School of Theatre takes on the heated political comedy "In the Wake" set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16 and Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 20-23 in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre of The Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and faculty, $7 for children under 12, and Marshall University students admitted free with a valid ID.

Set at Thanksgiving of 2000 with the presidential election (between Al Gore and George Bush) still not decided, the play follows Ellen, who insists that her friends and family don't understand how bad the situation really is. But no one — not her loving partner, Danny, nor the passionate Amy, nor the brutally pragmatic and world-weary Judy — can make Ellen see the blind spot at the center of her own politics and emotional life. A funny, passionate, and ultimately searing new play that illuminates assumptions that lie at the heart of the American character — and the blind spots that mask us from ourselves.

Directed by Jack Cirillo, "In The Wake," stars senior and Oak Hill, W.V., native Kelsey Hofe as Amy; sophomore Steve Judy (from Lewisburg) as Danny, Helen Masters, a senior from Organ Cave, W.Va.) as Judy; Elyse Samassekou, a junior at Huntington High School as Tessa; Neely Seams, a junior from Lewisburg, as Ellen; Emily Stuck, a senior from Wheeling as Laurie and Abby Yazvac, a senior from Clarksburg, as Kayla.

 Lighting design is by Lang Reynolds, scenic design by Jamez Morris-Smith, costume design by Olivia Trees, state manager is Andrew Stephenson and technical director is Mike Murphy.

Nominated for a Tony Award, Kron's play has gotten rave reviews for its honesty and humor.

"Luminous…Kron marries vigorous political probing with pitch-perfect humor and heartache." —The New Yorker.

 "Formidable…full of sharp, smart dialogue…its message rings all too true." —Associated Press.

"The morning after seeing 'In The Wake,' don't be surprised if Lisa Kron's resolute, maddening, emotionally distraught and very familiar characters are still rumbling around in your head like the after effects of an intense dream…an astute and challenging play that scrutinizes American history with laser-beam precision." —Time Out NY

 Other Spring 2019 MU Theatre productions include the Spring Dance Concert on March 16 and the play "Tartuffe," April 24 –27 in the Playhouse of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

Go online at https://www.marshall.edu/theatre/ for more info.

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