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April 21-23: Rude Globe to perform two plays

FREDERICK, Md.—The student theater organization at Hood College will perform two plays each night April 21, 22 and 23.

The Rude Globe will present Fernando Arrabal’s “Picnic on the Battlefield,” directed by senior Courtney Lapsley, and David Ives’ “Variations on the Death of Trotsky,” directed by senior Amber George. The productions are scheduled for 7 p.m. each night in the Avalon Theater, Tatem Arts Center, Room 10.

“Picnic on the Battlefield” is a tragic comedy about a soldier in a war zone who is scared stiff. His parents come in to share a picnic basket with him. With an enemy soldier, they make a plan to end the war by telling their respective sides they don’t want to fight anymore. It’s a seemingly simple solution and would work except something unexpected happens.

“Variations on the Death of Trotsky” is a dramatic comedy divided into eight scenes or variations, each depicting a differing final moment of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky’s life. In the play, Trotsky dies at the end of each scene, but each time the story progresses a bit further. Since the play takes place on the day of Trotsky’s death, one day after he was attacked with a mountain climber’s axe to the head, he is depicted throughout the show an axe sticking out of his skull.

For more information on these shows, contact Joe Brady at 301-696-3720 or