Susquehanna Theatre Department to Deliver Tragic Tale of Deceipt
SELINSGROVE—The Susquehanna University Department of Theatre will present “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” directed by Associate Professor of Theatre W. Douglas Powers, Dec. 3 through 6 at 8 p.m. in the university’s Degenstein Center Theater.
Based on the novel “Choderlos de Laclos” by Christopher Hampton, the play tells a story of sexual gamesmanship and deceit between the shameless Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont in pre-revolutionary France. The play was made Hollywood-famous by Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer in the adapted film “Dangerous Liaisons.”
Melanie Harker, a junior at Susquehanna and production stage manager for the performance, said, “The backdrop for the show is modern-day haute couture, high-fashion Paris. The costumes and lights will be very striking. The play focuses on relationships, and how two characters in particular, Merteuil and Valmont, manipulate these relationships for their own amusement. It is a very dark drama with comedic moments and seductive innuendo. This production is not suitable for children.”
The performance is open to the public. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for non-SU students, and can be purchased by visiting the university box office or calling 570-372-ARTS.
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.
Karen M. Jones