Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance continues its season with Joseph Stein and Will Glickman's comedic pop-culture depiction of Amish life "Plain and Fancy" running through Sunday in E. Turner Stump Theatre, 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for Performing Arts.
First performed at New York's Mark Hellinger Theater in 1955, "Plain and Fancy" was one of the first portrayals of Amish community life in American pop culture and endures as a comedic gem which both reveals and entertains amidst the clash of cultures and beliefs. The show shares many of the same themes of tradition, family, and community as scribe Joseph Stein's more well-known work "Fiddler on the Roof."
"Plain and Fancy" is directed by Terri Kent, professor and director of the musical theatre program and artistic director of Porthouse Theatre. Natalie Rosmarin serves as the assistant director.
The production features costume design by April Rock, scenic design by Raynette Halvorsen Smith, lighting design by Jakyung Seo, technical direction by Steve Pauna, and production stage management by Joshua Brown. Notably, the cast features Returning Professional Graduate student, Greg Violand as Papa Yoder. Violand, a well-known actor throughout Northeastern Ohio, was recently cast in another project related to the Amish community, the upcoming film "Love Finds You in Sugarcreek."
"Supported by a lush score and a great book, this show is a visual feast," said director Terri Kent.
For tickets call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at www.theatre.kent.edu. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for Kent State University alumni, faculty and staff, $12 for seniors (60+) and non-Kent State students age 18 and under are $8.