Lone Brick Theatre Company Presents Gina Gionfriddo's U.S. Drag

actors in US Drag

Christopher, played by Kirk Reichart, gets a little too close for comfort with Allison, played by Kim Vogel.

Widener University’s new Lone Brick Theatre Company continues its inaugural season on April 2, 2014 with the opening night of “U.S. Drag,” a black comedy by Gina Gionfriddo.

"U.S. Drag" centers on Angela and Allison, whose ritualized indulgence in the Manhattan nightlife lands them in a community advocacy group with a collection of urbanites who share a profound social awkwardness and a nebulous sense of victimization. Missed connections and unrealized ambitions force the characters to come to terms with what it means to succeed in a culture of grotesque exhibitionism and façade.

Robert Reutter, company director and senior lecturer of English at Widener, explained that Lone Brick's production of "U.S. Drag" employs pop-up theatrical techniques that enhance the thematic elements of the play. "The performance spaces are both makeshift and undisclosed prior to the show time. It gives us the opportunity to emulate that sense of random attack that is central to the premise of Gionfriddo's script."

"U.S. Drag" stars juniors Autumn Heisler of Allentown, Pa., as Allison and Kimberly Vogel of Camden, Del., as Angela. Rounding out the cast are Widener students Luis Aguilar of Chester; Jared Bernatowicz of Broomall, Pa.; Joseph Loftus of Lincoln University, Pa.; Kimberly Miller of Sayville, N.Y.; Kirk Reichart of Larksville, Pa.; and Bridgette Saverine of Bridgeton, N.J.

Performances run April 2 at 8:30 p.m., April 3, 5, and 6 at 8 p.m., and April 6 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased, cash only, at the door in Kapelski Learning Center, Lecture Hall 1. Tickets prices are $8 for general admission; $5 for Widener University alumni, faculty and staff, as well as non-Widener University students; and $2 for current Widener University students. Proper ID is required for discounted tickets.

Lone Brick Theatre's production incorporates not only pop-up, but immersive theatrical elements. As part of these conventions, audience members may be walking and/or standing for brief periods during the show, which may include movement through outdoor spaces. Audience members should dress accordingly.
For more information, including ticket information and reservations, visit Lone Brick on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lonebricktheatreco.

Lone Brick Theatre is Widener University's resident theatre company dedicated to producing non-traditional theatre through innovative scripts, staging, directing and performance. Drawing from the talent and ingenuity of Widener's students, faculty and staff alike, the company also seeks to give a creative voice to the rich diversity of the campus community while broadening the traditional role of theatre as a humanities discipline by actively seeking venues for cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Widener University is a metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve more than 6,300 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university's website, www.widener.edu.


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