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Kent State's African Community Theatre Presents "The Sirens"

Posted Apr. 2, 2010

The African Community Theatre of Kent State University will present its Spring 2010 production of “The Sirens” by Richard Wesley and directed by Dr. Fran Dorsey. The theatre is located at 225 Terrace Drive in Oscar Ritchie Hall on the Kent State campus in Kent, Ohio.
 
The play runs from Friday, April 16, through Sunday, April 18, and from Friday, April 23, through Sunday, April 25. Friday and Saturday showings begin at 8 p.m., and the Sunday matinees start at 3 p.m.

“The Sirens” is a penetrating study of character and the destructive cycle which so often characterizes life in many large impoverished urban areas. Through a series of vignettes made up of street encounters, dialogues and monologues and enticing women of the night, the playwright counterpoints the lives of two young prostitutes; the man who earlier deserted one of them; and a high school-aged couple whose future is surely shadowed in the present existence of the others.

“The play mixes humor and sadness, yet it captures at times the feel of the streets and of the nature of life in which people are so scarred, scared and trapped by their limited experiences that hope and self-confidence are stunted and betrayed in the bitter search for simple dignity, happiness and individual fulfillment,” said Dorsey, the African Community Theatre’s resident director.

The play features the following student and community performers: Braheem Wahid of Kent; Romando Sparks of Cleveland; Nicole Haugabrook of Macedonia; Javonte Jackson of Akron; Linus Undiandeye of Shaker Heights; Christian Moore of Bedford Heights; Danea Rhodes of Akron; Aungelique Scott of Akron; and Renina Black of Cleveland.

This play is for mature audiences only and not recommended for children under 15 years old. Tickets are $7 for students and senior citizens and $10 for general admission. For more information, call 330-672-2300 or 330-672-0151.

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Media Contacts:
Fran Dorsey, fdorsey@kent.edu, 330-672-0142
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595