Paul Zindel's Pulitzer Prize winning play "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" will open the Theatre Northwest season at Indiana University Northwest.
The story of a tortured and acid-tongued mother and her two daughters, the play also garned off-Broadway's prestigious Obie Award. Beatrice Hunsdorfer supports herself and her two daughters by taking in boarders. Her youngest daughter, Tillie, has a gift for science and wins a prize at her high school. A victim of her own nature and hurts, Beatrice is proud, yet too jealous of her daughter's success to deal with the cruel lot life has dealt her. The play is a moving story of the power of the human spirit to overcome what appear to be insurmountable odds.
"...Gamma Rays..." will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on October 11 and 12, 2002 and at 2:30 p.m. on October 13, 2002. All tickets are $7.00 with group rates available for groups of twenty or more. For ticket reservations call (219) 980-6808. Tickets are also available at the door.
Theatre Northwest is situated on the campus of Indiana University Northwest in Tamarack Hall and is conveniently located one block South of the Broadway Exit of I 80/94 (Borman Expressway). Ample free parking is available.
Celebrating its 41st year, Theatre Northwest began with a troupe of five local actors that appeared in the comedy, "Bell, Book and Candle". Their effort launched locally produced plays that would eventually evolve into a Bachelor of Arts degree at program at IU Northwest in 1974. Since that time, Theatre Northwest's entire season has been produced exclusively by campus students and faculty with an open-casting policy offered to the community.
Jerry R. Taylor, associate professor of theatre and chairperson of IU Northwest's performing arts program has been with the department for over 19 years and serves as director of most of the seasonís productions. He has directed and/or designed nearly 250 college/university productions, and has also acted in numerous roles. A graduate of Ball State University and West Virginia State College, Taylor was the recipient of the Gulf-Life Insurance Grant to study theatre in England, and also received the Kennedy Center Festival Award of Merit for his direction of the 1997 Theatre Northwest production, All My Sons.