Mount Union College Department of Theatre to Present "Book of Days"

June 01, 2010

The Mount Union College Department of Theatre will present "Book of Days" by Lanford Wilson on February 20-21 and 26-28 at 8 p.m. in Rodman Playhouse.


The play takes place in the fictional town of Dublin, Missouri. Ruth Hoch, played by freshman Kelly Andrews, is a bookkeeper for the local cheese factory in search of the truth behind the unexpected death of the factory owner, Walt Bates, played by senior Jesse Davis. Her investigation turns sour when she digs up information that the town's residents would rather be left untouched.

Ruth has been cast as Joan of Arc in the town's production of "Saint Joan", directed by an outsider, Boyd Middleton, played by freshman Billy Earnhart. Ironically, her quest begins to mimic that of Joan of Arc. She realizes she too may become a martyr after discovering a conspiracy among the powerful forces in the town, knowing what consequences may lay ahead for uncovering this information.

The cast includes other characters such as Ruth's husband, Len, played by senior Matt Antonini and her mother-in-law, Martha, played by junior Savannah Rhodes. Sophomore Kathleen Ruff plays Walt Bates' wife, Sharon and sophomore Travis Harding plays their son, James. Senior Ellie Portman plays James' wife, Louann. In addition, senior Angela Dallas portrays the part of Ginger Reed, Boyd Middleton's assistant. The Reverend Bobby Groves is played by junior Dylan Barnes, Earl Hill, a cheese factory worker, is portrayed by sophomore James DeMonte and Sheriff Conroy Atkins is played by freshman Joseph Gennaro.

"Book of Days" is under the direction of Dr. Douglas Hendel, professor of theatre at Mount Union College. Rudy Roggenkamp, professor of theatre and department chair, is the scenic designer and Deborah Lotsof, associate professor of theatre, is the costume designer for the production.

For more information or to order tickets, call (330) 821-2565.

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