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Sci-fi play comes to life this weekend
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Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:00 AM
HARVEST: Caleb Beidelman (from left), Taryn Mayer, Joshua Anderson, Shane Totten, Summer Kennedy and Maddie Bogan act out a scene for the upcoming Hanover College production of the sci-fi drama “Harvest.” (Staff photo by Ken Ritchieemail@example.com)
Hanover College Theatre will present "Harvest," a science-fiction drama by Indian playwright, Manjula Padmanabhan, Friday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Parker Auditorium.
Directed by Paul Hildebrand, the college's associate professor of theater, the action-packed, melodrama unfolds in a near-future world where the protagonist, Om Prakash, agrees to sell unspecified organs.
The play is set in India and follows Om's family members, who all naively sign their organs to a company, InterPlanta. In turn, the company sends lavish gifts and pre-occupies the family before it plans to cash in on the deal.
The performance will include a cast of seven and use technology to accurately displace the futuristic world. Hildebrand said the cast had five weeks of rehearsal time.
"It's a high-tech show. You can't do a sci-fi play without the technology," he said.
Hildebrand said he teaches the play in his global theater course and it regularly pops up as a favorite among his students. The material and some of the language in the play is considered for mature audiences, Hildebrand said.
The production will be in two acts - with a 10-minute intermission - and is about 70 minutes long.
"Harvest" won the 1997 Onassis Prize as the best new international play, selected out of 1,460 entries from 76 countries. It received its New York premier in 2003 and has had numerous U.S. and international productions.
Tickets for "Harvest" are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and older), $5 for youth (high school and younger) and free for Hanover faculty and staff.
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