Monday, October 05, 2009

Saint Mary’s theatre majors to perform in London

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary's University theatre majors will stage the bittersweet comedy “Vanities,” a show that chronicles the lives, loves, disappointments and dreams of three best friends, in London Oct. 13-17.

Written by Jack Heifner, the plot revolves around three women as they mature during tumultuous times in American history — the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the height of the Vietnam War and the women’s movement. Over the course of 10 years, the women mature from starry-eyed cheerleaders to disillusioned adults, too self-absorbed to see the world changing around them. Although written in the ’70s, “Vanities” focuses on the timeless question all women ask themselves, “Can we have it all?” The play is directed by Gary Diomandes, professor of theatre and dance at Saint Mary’s.

Qualified theatre majors at Saint Mary's are studying theatre in London this semester through the Stefannié Valéncia Kierlin Theatre in London Program. Under the guidance of Saint Mary’s faculty, the program includes a variety of classes in theatre, as well as courses focusing on broader enrichment. Students will have the unique opportunity to attend numerous performances at London’s West End, Off-West End and Fringe theatres.