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APSU Department of Theatre and Dance closes season with "Dark of the Moon"


            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Long before the “Twilight” saga or “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” examined the complicated relationships between mortals and monsters, there was the story of a young witch named John who fell in love with a human girl named Barbara. Their doomed affair, set in a superstitious community in the Smokey Mountains, is the focus of Howard Richardson and William Berney’s 1945 play “Dark of the Moon.”

            The popular drama opens at 7:30 p.m. on April 9, in the Austin Peay State University Trahern Theater and runs through April 12, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on April 13. The play, directed by Dr. Sara Gotcher, associate professor of theatre, will bring to an end the APSU Department of Theatre and Dance’s 2013-2014 season.

            “Dark of the Moon,” with its supernatural elements, is considered a folk fantasy, with much of the dialogue incorporating an Appalachian dialect. It premiered on Broadway in 1945. The play is recommended for mature audiences.

           Tickets are $5 for students/military/senior citizens and $10 for adults. To reserve tickets, please contact or call 931-221-7379. To purchase online, visit