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Acclaimed drama portrays story of adoption struggle

February 23, 2010 12:00AM

Wanda (Megan McCoy) defends her moral character while Al (Austin Curtright) restrains her during a confrontation with Rachel (Jennifer Rainey). PSU Theatre's "The Baby Dance" will run March 4-7 at the PSU Studio Theatre.

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By the end, the audience should be confronted with the dramatic ending and ask themselves, 'What would I do?' "
~ Director Megan Westhoff
ward-winning drama that portrays the powerful emotions surrounding private adoption will be the next production presented by the Pittsburg State University theatre program.

Jane Anderson's "The Baby Dance," a story that centers on the practice and effects of private adoption, will run March 4-7 at the PSU Studio Theatre. Directed by Megan Westhoff, the play tells the story of a wealthy couple attempting to adopt an unborn child from an impoverished couple. The drama explores the cultural, social, and economic desperation of both couples from their first meeting through the fateful eve of the baby's birth.

"We judge people in circumstances we have never experienced, but in reality, we have no idea how we would react until we are in the situation," Westhoff said. "This drama is multi-layered and asks us as humans to have empathy and understanding of others. By the end, the audience should be confronted with the dramatic ending and ask themselves, 'What would I do?'"

The cast of "The Baby Dance" includes Megan McCoy, Austin Curtright, Jennifer Rainey, Ross Stone, and Kiera O'Boyle. Drew Porter, scenic and lighting designer, Lisa Quinteros, costume designer, and Michelle Rhoades, sound designer, add the realistic environmental surroundings of a hot Louisiana summer.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. March 4-6, and 2 p.m. March 7. Tickets are $8 for the general public, $6 for faculty/staff, $5 for those under 17/over 65, and free for PSU students with a valid PSU photo I.D. The play is intended for mature audiences only and contains strong language.

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.

As part of a continued effort to use each production for community service, Pittsburg State University Theatre is teaming with the Children's Advocacy Center to provide items for children in need. Donations of book bags or backpacks, new or gently used books (youth to pre-teen), crayons, coloring books, and white or colored computer paper are most needed. All donations including monetary contributions will be collected during the performances.

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