February 23, 2011 12:00AM
The Pittsburg State University Theatre will present Theresa Rebeck's "The Water's Edge," a searing family drama about loss, grief and revenge with a shocking twist, March 3-6 in the PSU Studio Theatre in Grubbs Hall on the PSU campus.
"The Water's Edge" begins with a father returning home after a 17-year absence, accompanied by his new girlfriend. The wife and children he left behind are not pleased with his reappearance. Savage and intense, the play examines a human's dark potential and asks whether the cycle of grief and retribution ever heal the pain of loss.
"Humans experience grief and trauma with a range of emotions," said Megan Westhoff, director. "These emotions manifest with words and behaviors."
The characters in the play react without considering the consequences of their actions because they are tragically and emotionally wounded.
"For these characters and many of us in life," Westhoff said, "there is no sure answer or clear resolution. The audience will surely be rattled and left with ambivalent feelings at the outcome."
The production features a talented cast with PSU students Kristy Magee, Megan McCoy, Austin Curtright, Jeanine Kunshek and community member, John Mazurek. Doug Bennett, scenic and lighting designer and Lisa Quinteros, costume designer, transport the audience to the dilapidated lake house where the characters' fractured lives have ceased to move forward in 17 years.
The play runs March 3-5 at 8 p.m. and on March 6 at 2 p.m. in the PSU Studio Theatre at the corner of Joplin and Cleveland streets. Tickets are $9 for the general public, $5 for persons under 17 or over 65, and are free to PSU students/faculty/staff with a valid PSU photo I.D. Tickets are available through the PSU Ticket Office at 620-235-4796 and at the PSU Studio Theatre door 30 minutes prior to curtain. Reservations are encouraged. The play is intended for mature audiences only and contains strong language.
As part of a continued effort to incorporate community service projects with their productions, the PSU Theatre is teaming with the Crisis Resource Center to provide items for those in need. Donations of toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, diapers (especially large sizes), ladies razors, deodorant, and bath towels are most needed. All donations including monetary contributions will be collected during the performances.