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Hood Theatre presents fall production, Cloud Nine

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College Theatre’s fall production of British playwright’s Caryl Churchill “Cloud Nine” will be performed Nov. 11-13 and 18-20.

The play will be staged in Hood’s Avalon Performing Arts Studio in the Tatem Arts Center at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; there will also be a 2 p.m. matinee performance Saturday, Nov. 20. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the door beginning 30 minutes before each show. Admission is $10, students and Hood faculty and staff tickets are $5 and Hood students are free.

“Cloud Nine” uses startling images of adult sexuality and mature language to establish a parallel between colonial and sexual oppression and to dramatize Churchill’s themes of tolerance and freedom from restrictive social roles.

Act one, set in British Victorian Africa during the late 1870s, satirizes Victorian society and colonialism; act two takes place in a London park 100 years later, but the characters have aged only 25 years. Churchill uses this incongruity to great comedic effect, contrasting the repressive of Victorian ideology in colonial Africa with the more hedonistic explorations of British society in the more permissive 1970s.

For more information about the play, contact Joe Brady, director of Hood College Theatre, by calling (301) 696-3720, or by e-mail at brady@hood.edu.