Some of the cast of "Act A Lady"

Students to stage play Nov. 6 to 10

Students in Shippensburg University’s Department of Music & Theatre Arts will stage the two act play "Act A Lady" Nov. 6 to 10 in Memorial Auditorium.

The play by Jordan Harrison was originally produced by the Humana Festival of New Plays in 2006. It depicts a small rural community during the Prohibition era and uses a community theatre production as an opportunity to examine gender identity and explore how we learn to “act” our gender.

According to Paul Deichman, who portrays both Casper and Greta the maid, “One of the persistent problems actors face is the separation between character and self. Being a man and playing a woman is perhaps the highest statement of this struggle. Act A Lady allows the actors to perform that problem, the identity of the actor, for the audience.”

Paris Peet, professor of theatre and the play’s director, said the characters that participate in the community show are all transformed by their participation. “In fact, every theater person that I know who has done this play cherishes it, for it speaks to us about what we love and why we do it. It celebrates our history and tradition.”

The performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, 7 8 and 9, and 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets are $8 if ordered before the show and $10 at the door. Seating is limited. For tickets, go to