'Middletown' at ASU

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Article Published: Nov. 1, 2012 | Modified: Nov. 12, 2012
'Middletown' at ASU

The production of 'Middletown' has drawn much of its inspiration from the work of Edward Hopper, the 20th century artist known for his depictions of small-town, American life.

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Playwright Will Eno’s “Middletown” might be summed up in the Latin phrase, “In media res,” meaning “in the middle of things.”

The play is about life – all of it, especially the middle parts between birth and death, those parts we experience consciously.

Audiences can experience Eno’s acclaimed work Nov. 1 to 4 and Nov. 7 to 11 at Appalachian State University’s I.G. Greer Studio Theatre, courtesy of the ASU Department of Theatre and Dance.

As Eno says, “They don’t know what happens to you when you die, so how can they know, really, what happens to you when you’re born?”

This production has drawn much of its inspiration from the work of Edward Hopper, the 20th century artist known for his depictions of small-town, American life.

Eno and Hopper share an ability to capture the play of light and shadow and hope and despair that can tease through the most mundane of human experiences. Moments of rapture, sweetness, gentle humor, loneliness and pain all receive their “slant of light” in “Middletown,” Eno’s quiet meditation on people caught doing whatever it is they do when in the middle of things.

Eno is an American playwright based in Brooklyn, N.Y. His career took off when his play, “Tom Payne: Based on Nothing,” was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

Appalachian faculty member Derek Davidson, director of the production, described Eno as “a complicated writer, who likes to combine the almost embarrassingly simplistic – the quotidian – with things that are philosophically resonant.”

The Nov. 1 to 3 and Nov. 7 to 10 performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances on Nov. 4 and 11. begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets are general admission and priced at $8 for students and youth (ages 6 to 18), $13 for faculty, staff and seniors, and $15 for adults.

Tickets are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by phone at (828) 262-3063 and online at http://www.theatre.appstate.edu.

I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on the side of the I.G. Greer Hall below the auditorium. The door is down a staircase on the side of the building. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots and the College Street parking deck near the Belk Library.

For more information, visit http://theatre.appstate.edu/events/middletown, or call the box office at (828) 262-3063.


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