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APSU Theatre and Dance to present "Book of Days" Oct. 1-5

            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Walt Bates owned the local cheese factory in Dublin, Missouri, and before he died, he dreamed of producing a gourmet product, like Stilton or Brie. But that dream begins to reek following Bates’ mysterious death in Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanford Wilson’s 2000 play, “Book of Days,” which opens this October in the Austin Peay State University Trahern Theater.

            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Walt Bates owned the local cheese factory in Dublin, Missouri, and before he died, he dreamed of producing a gourmet product, like Stilton or Brie. But that dream begins to reek following Bates’ mysterious death in Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanford Wilson’s 2000 play, “Book of Days,” which opens this October in the Austin Peay State University Trahern Theater.

            “The play moves like a tornado,” Dr. Sara Gotcher, APSU associate professor of theater and the play’s director, said. “It’s evil and dark and funny and mysterious. We’re all very excited because it’s going to be a wild ride.”

            The APSU Department of Theatre and Dance will present the play at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 1-4, and again at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5. The cast includes APSU students Brittany Thompson, Will Silvers, Abby Elmore, Scotty Phillips, Amber Bowens, Lane Lewis, Maggie Jackson, Steven Howie, Briana Finley, Alex Maynard, Josh Webb, Terence Hilton and Jackson De Priest.

            Alvin Klein, a critic for the New York Times, praised the play when it premiered in 2000, writing, “Mr. Wilson’s cosmic consciousness, intense moral concern, sense of human redemption and romantic effusion have climbed a new peak.”

            Tickets are $5 for students/military/senior citizens and $10 for general admissions. Tickets can be purchased at the Trahern Box Office, which opens one hour prior to the show, or online at http://www.apsu.edu/theatre-dance/box-office. Language in the play may not be appropriate for young children.