Theatre Reenacts Cultural Collision at Maple and Vine

May 02, 2014

Knox College Theatre - Maple and Vine
Above, Emily Passarelli, Tristan Yi, Paula Castanos, and Erik Dohner play a game of charades in a rehearsal of 'Maple and Vine.'

Knox College Theatre presents Maple and Vine, by Jordan Harrison, directed by Neil Blackadder, professor of theatre, at 7:30 p.m., May 7 - 10, in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

Knox College Theatre - Maple and VineTickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and Knox College alumni, free to all students with school ID and free to Knox College students, faculty and staff. Tickets are available at the door one hour before each performance or by advanced reservation at 309-341-7472.

The comedy-drama is recommended for mature audiences. It depicts a young married couple who are unhappy with their lives in present-day New York City. They meet a group of "re-enactors," who live as if they were in mid-America in the 1950s, a time and place with supposedly different and simpler values. The title refers to an address in the re-enactors' town.

The play contrasts the present world of plastic surgery and smartphones, with that of a half-century ago, when only the husbands went to work and the wives sewed their own dresses.

"Jordan Harrison's clever play offers delightful entertainment but also compels us to reflect on the choices we make, about how to live and whom to love," Blackadder said.


Photo coverage of Maple and Vine. Full-screen and captions available in a set at the Knox College Flickr channel.

Maple and Vine, by Jordan Harrison
May 7 - 10, Harbach Theatre, Knox College

Production Crew:
Neil Blackadder ~ Director
Emily Antoff ~ Assistant Director
Jesse Mitchell ~ Production Stage Manager
Emily Ioppolo ~ Associate Stage Manager
Anna Karwowska ~ Assistant Stage Manager
Craig Choma ~ Technical Director, Set, Lighting and Video Designer
Margo Shively ~ Costume Designer
Carly Berinstein ~ Assistant Costume Designer
Bridget Golembiewski ~ Dramaturg
Chloe Vollenweider ~ Assistant Dramaturg
Jordyn Stewart ~ Props Master
Jackie Hewelt ~ Sound Designer
Ellie Ryczek ~ Assistant Sound Designer

Cast:
Emily Passarelli ~ Katha/Kathy
Tristan Yi ~ Ryu
Erik Dohner ~ Dean
Paula Castanos ~ Ellen/Jenna
Dakota Stipp ~ Roger/Omar