Melancholy Play

Mar 14, 2014 - Mar 16, 2014, 7:30 PM
Tom Miles Theatre, Warner Hall

Sarah Ruhl's love farce is Pacific University's spring production

Announcing Pacific University’s spring theatre production, Melancholy Play, by Sarah Ruhl and directed by guest artist Elizabeth Klinger. Show dates are from March 13-16, with 7:30 p.m. performances Thursday through Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. All performances will be held in the Tom Miles Theatre, Warner Hall on Pacific’s Forest Grove Campus, with tickets for sale at the door. General admission is $8. Senior citizens 65 and older, and Pacific students, faculty and staff are admitted for $5.


In this contemporary comedy, everyone Tilly meets seems to fall in love with her. Her melancholy attracts men and women alike, as the strangers in her mundane life find her particular brand of despair beautiful and inviting. Newfound depths of passion transform her lovers in unexpected ways: They lose their minds, their senses, even their bodies. This farce by Pulitzer-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl shines a light on the absurdity of romantic love.


Guest artist Elizabeth Klinger is a director, teacher, and performer who has worked locally with Artists Rep, Portland Center Stage, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Catlin Gabel, and Polaris Dance Theatre. In 2011, Elizabeth received an Outstanding Leading Actress and Outstanding Ensemble Drammy Awards for her performance in Songs for A New World co-produced by Staged! and Miracle Theatre. As a director, she has staged traditional, devised, and adapted works in both professional and academic settings. Elizabeth has taught voice, movement, clown, and mask courses for Rutgers University, the Universidad Autonoma de Hidalgo in Mexico City, Pacific University, and Cumberland County College in New Jersey. She holds an MFA in ensemble based physical theatre from The Dell'Arte International School and a BFA in musical theatre from the University of the Arts.

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