Theatre-For-Youth Play Hush Premiers in April 2013

The award-winning play Hush: An Interview With America by James Still, will be performed in St. Lawrence University’s Gulick Theatre Wednesday through Saturday, April 3 through 6, at 8 p.m. An additional family matinee performance will be held Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. Admission is free but tickets are required.

Hush is about fathers and daughters, the challenges of growing up, the power of media, and the struggle to remain unique in an interconnected world. The play tells the story of Maggie Parks, a precocious 12-year-old, and her father Frank, who live in the small town of Hush, Kansas. One night, Maggie makes contact with a mysterious presence in her backyard while Frank watches the nightly news and the young girl soon becomes the next media sensation. But all the attention comes with a price.

"It is a play that demands quite a bit of stage wizardry. It’s one of the things that first drew me to the script. Hush is a play that revels in those things that are quintessentially ‘of the theatre,’ that unique blend of media that can only happen on the live stage,” says Visiting Assistant Professor Charlie Pepiton (PCA) who directs the play which features both live and recorded video as a part of the show. All video segments were created in collaboration with Visiting Assistant Professor Peter Nelson (Art and At History) and students Anna Dietderich ’16, Abigail Moss ’13, and Tzintzun Aguilar Izzo ‘15.

The play was granted the Outstanding International Plays for Young Audiences Award by the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People. Hush was written with middle to high school audiences in mind, but the show is for audiences of all ages. Visiting Assistant Professor of Performance and Communication Arts Charlie Pepiton will direct the production at St. Lawrence. Nathan Torres is the technical director, production manager and lighting designer; adjunct faculty member Kerri Canedy is the choreographer, while SUNY Potsdam’s Todd Canedy is the set designer. Local artist William Newman is the set painter, and the play’s costume designer is Evelyn Leung from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The co-stage managers are Elle Lucas '16 and Abigail Moss '13. Tickets are available at the Gulick Theatre Box Office (315-229-5748) Monday through Friday, beginning April 1, from 1 to 5 p.m.