theater department presents
'The Dark at the Top of the Stairs'
(Nov. 6, 2001) - Florida Southern's theater department presents
the William Inge drama "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"
in the Buckner Theater on campus. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 15-17, 29-30, and Dec. 1; matinees start at 2:30 p.m. Nov.
18 and Dec. 2.
The drama, considered
by many critics to be Inge's best work, takes place in a small Oklahoma
town in the early 1920s. Rubin Flood, a traveling salesman, his
wife and two children struggle with problems of everyday life on
a limited income. Their world grows more confused and uncertain
when Flood loses his job selling horse harnesses, a commodity fast
giving way to the auto industry.
always been a fan of William Inge," said the play's director,
Richard W. LeVene, FSC's associate professor of theatre arts. "I
believe that this is his best play and that he is much overlooked
as one of America's excellent playwrights."
the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award in 1950 as "the most
promising new playwright of the year" after "Come Back
Little Sheba" appeared in New York. He went on to write the
Pulitzer prize-winning "Picnic" in 1953, "Bus Stop"
in 1955, and "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" in 1957.
All four plays became Broadway hits and highly successful movies.
$12. For ticket information, please contact the Branscomb Auditorium
box office at (863) 680-4296.
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.