30th anniversary season will feature productions of “Quake” and “The Lesson”

BRISTOL, R.I., June 13, 2017 ­­– The Roger Williams University’s Performing Arts Center will host two public theater productions as part of the annual Barn Summer Playhouse series.

Beginning in June, RWU Associate Professor of Theatre Robin D. Stone will direct “The Lesson,” by Eugene Ionesco. And in July, RWU Assistant Professor of Theatre Lori Lee Wallace will direct “Quake,” by Melanie Marnich. The plays include current RWU students, alumni and professors.

The Barn opened in 1986, and the first summer season was 1987. So this will mark the 30th anniversary season. “We are celebrating this milestone with a classic absurdist comedy and a contemporary quirky American comedy,” Stone said.

“The Lesson” is a satire of totalitarianism. Before the play climaxes with a murder, a professor and student undertake the most extraordinary lesson ever. The production will run June 23, 24, 29, 30 and July 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

In “Quake,” Lucy is on a cross-country mission, looking for the love of her life. Her journey takes her across the American landscape, through hilarious and eccentric relationships, and her quest becomes intertwined with that of a quirky female serial killer. The production will run July 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for each performance are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors.

All performances are open to the public and will take place at the RWU Performing Arts Center, at One Old Ferry Road on the Bristol campus. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (401) 254-3666. More information about the theater program can be found at: http://rwu.edu/prog/theatre.

About RWU: With campuses on the coast of Bristol and in the heart of Providence, R.I., Roger Williams University is a forward-thinking private university committed to strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning. At RWU, small classes, direct access to faculty and guaranteed opportunity for real-world projects ensure that its nearly 4,000 undergraduates – along with hundreds of law students, graduate students and adult learners – graduate with the ability to think critically along with the practical skills that today’s employers demand. Roger Williams is leading the way in American higher education, confronting the most pressing issues facing students and families – increasing costs, rising debt and job readiness.