Theater program to present dark comedy 'The Moors'

The Moors
Tehya Harris and Katey Pacific

The Division of Communication and the Arts will present “The Moors,” a dark comedy about love, desperation and visibility, this weekend.

            Directed by Dr. Kevin Ewert, professor of theater, “The Moors” will play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Studio Theater of Blaisdell Hall on campus.

            Tickets are $6 for the public and $2 for students and may be purchased at the Bromeley Family Theater Box Office between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 814-362-5113.

            “The Moors,” written by Jen Silverman, is about two sisters and a dog living on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a small chicken - a moor-hen - set them on a strange and dangerous path.

            “This ain't your parents Cathy and Heathcliff,” Ewert said, referring to the protagonists of Emily Bronte's “Wuthering Heights.”

            “Jen Silverman is a fierce and fearless new voice in American theater, and 'The Moors' is one of the darkest and funniest pieces I've come across in a while. It's a high gothic romantic hero journey with an acute modern sensibility regarding gender and power. And there's a talking dog. And a chicken. And blood.”

            The cast of the show is Aungelique Ruffin, a psychology major from Glenside; Tehya Harris, a history-political science major from Scranton; Katey Pacific, a psychology major from Wellsboro; Julie Kephart, a biology major from Philipsburg; Sydney Whitfield, a nursing major from Media; and Joshua Nelson, an economics major from Bradford.