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Davidson Theatre Department Presents Psychological Thriller "Boy Gets Girl"

By Emily Drew '04

November 16, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Boy Gets Girl
Beth Gardner '03 is Theresa in Davidson's production of Boy Gets Girl.

The recent Off-Broadway hit, Boy Gets Girl, will make its southeast regional premiere at Davidson College from Wednesday, November 28, through Sunday, December 2. Bill Neville, a junior theatre major from Salt Lake City, directs this play that Time magazine called, "the finest, most disturbing American play in years."

The Davidson production will be the first American run for this captivating new work by Rebecca Gilman since its New York premiere last spring. Performances will begin in the Black Box performance space of the Cunningham Fine Arts Building at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. There is a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. General admission is $4, and tickets will be available at the door. The play contains adult language and situations.

Boy Gets Girl is an unsettling and darkly comic examination of obsession and love, wherein the traditional plot line of "boy meets girl and falls in love" takes a new and dangerous turn.

Theresa, played by Beth Gardner, a junior from Davidson, becomes the object of Tony's affections. But when she fails to return his sentiment, the attention moves from flattering to frightening. Parker Dixon, a junior from Atlanta, co-stars as Tony, and is joined onstage by Cahit Ece, Marshay Hall, Thomas Mills, Christina Ritchie, and Chris Walters. Theatre department chair Joe Gardner designed the set, and Ronnie Higdon developed the lighting.

Post-performance discussions about the threat of violence and questions of safety for contemporary women will immediately follow the show on Wednesday and Thursday nights. The conversation will be led by director Neville, cast members, and Davidson faculty and staff. A faculty-led lunch discussion on "Fear in Literature" will take place on Friday, November 30. For information on discussion forums, e-mail Anna Jensen at anjensen@davidson.edu.

For further information, please contact Claudia Shinn of the Davidson College theatre department at 704/894-2361.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson is currently engaged in "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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