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Department of Theatre and Dance opens Fall 2016 season with “Picnic,” running from Sept. 28-Oct. 2

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance begins its Fall 2016 season with a production of William Inge’s “Picnic.” The play, which runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, will be held in the Trahern Theatre on the University campus.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance begins its Fall 2016 season with a production of William Inge’s “Picnic.” The play, which runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, will be held in the Trahern Theatre on the University campus.

Taking place over Labor Day weekend in the backyards of two middle-aged widows, Inge’s play explores the hopes and dreams, and even the awakening of teen sexuality, of a small Kansas town when a young drifter passes through looking for a job and catches the attention of two sisters. With each sister hoping for something more than their small town lives, what will happen when their worlds are turned upside down by love?

"The thing I most enjoy is examining what we have gained and what we have lost," said Austin Peay associate professor and "Picnic" director, Noel Rennerfeldt. "In the Midwest in the early 1950s, there was less fear of strangers. Perhaps this was a carryover from the days of the Great Depression when so many were in need of a helping hand or a meal. It certainly seems to be something we’ve lost."

First performed in 1953, “Picnic” won Inge the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, while also winning the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play of the season. In 1955, “Picnic” was adapted for the screen, and won two Academy Awards, as well as four additional nominations, including Best Movie and Best Picture.

The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. for performances on Sept. 28 through Oct. 1, while the Oct. 2 performance begins at 2 p.m. Admission for all performances is $10 for general admission and $5 for students, seniors and military.

For more information, contact the APSU box office at 931-221-7379 or email at boxoffice@apsu.edu. Tickets can also be purchased at www.apsu.edu/theatre-dance/online-ticketing/system.