The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts invites you to attend its upcoming performance of “Picnic.” This Pulitzer Prize-winning play, written by William Inge, includes the familiar yet sometimes unsettling elements of youth, love and desire. Featuring a dedicated cast of USF students, “Picnic” will remind you once again of the talented individuals who impact Fort Wayne’s art and culture.
“Picnic” is set in 1950s Kansas and illustrates the complexity of small-town relational conflict. Cast members, who happen to be friends and colleagues of mine, are thrilled to share with us their take on this classic production. Over the past few months, I’ve had the privilege of seeing these individuals develop and adopt the personalities of their characters, in settings outside of rehearsals. “Picnic” details the lives of seemingly ordinary Kansas females. However, my sources tell me the show takes a steamy turn when an attractive love interest comes to town. Now might be a good time to mention that this show may not be entirely suitable for young children.
Perhaps I am a bit partial, being a student at USF’s School of Creative Arts, but seeing these actors dedicate immeasurable effort and serious time to this production makes me that much more eager to attend. Directed by USF Assistant Professor Aaron Willoughby, “Picnic” will bring you small-town Kansas you hadn’t quite expected.
I have additional news that you may appreciate: you have the chance to attend this show for free. Living Fort Wayne is giving away tickets to “Picnic.” Follow Living Fort Wayne on Twitter (@LivingFortWayne) and Facebook to see how easy it is to enter. Winners will be randomly selected and announced on March 20.
If you are not a lucky winner, you have my condolences. Tickets may be purchased through ArtsTix Community Box Office at 260-422-4226 or online at tickets.artstix.org. All tickets are general admission, with doors opening 30 minutes before each show for seating.
$17 – Adults
$14 – Children under 18/Seniors 65+
$11 – Per person for groups of 20 or more people
Performances will take place downtown at the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St.
Friday, March 20 – 8pm
Saturday, March 21 – 8pm
Sunday, March 22 – 2pm
Friday, March 27 – 8pm
Saturday, March 28 – 8pm
Sunday, March 29 – 2pm
Please do come out to catch one of these showtimes. Your attendance will support local theater and leave you pleasantly entertained. See you there!