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Picnic

By William Inge

March 23-26, 2017

Picnic, by William Inge, is a play exploring small town life and family relationships during what has been described in academic circles as well as popular culture as “the lonely crowd” alienation of the 1950s. The story takes place on a Labor Day weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows. One house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two daughters, Madge and Millie. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly mother. In this exclusively female atmosphere enters a young man named Hal Carter. With the women of the play all looking for a way to escape the boredom and loneliness of their lives, and the men confused and unsure of what they want, Inge created a contrasting picture to both the American Dream, that of white picket fences surrounding perfect people leading perfect lives, and the ubiquitous view that "love conquers all." Picnic has come to be regarded as a pioneering drama for its frank depiction of sexuality and the curtain of alcohol. 

Performances

Thursday, March 23 7:30pm
Friday, March 24 7:30pm
Saturday, March 25 2:00pm
Saturday, March 25 7:30pm
Sunday, March 26 2:00pm

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