Whittier College Stages “The Last Night of Ballyhoo”

Whittier College News Release

Whittier College

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Whittier, CA  90608-0634

Contact:  Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216

April 26, 2002                                                                         

Reference:  01/02: 57                                                              

 Whittier College Stages “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” 

            Alfred Uhry’s Tony Award-winning play “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” will be
presented by the Whittier College Theatre Arts Department Wednesday through Sunday,
May 1–5 at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts.  The show will begin
at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Set in Atlanta in 1939, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” is set against the backdrop of the world premiere of “Gone With the Wind,” as well as the invasion of Poland by Hitler’s Wehrmacht.  The story concerns a series of crises that confront a German-Jewish family with deep roots in the South.  For an upcoming big dance, one daughter is trying to get a date that meets her mother’s expectations of respectability, while the other daughter finds a young man who would be perfect, except for one little flaw—he is an Eastern European Jew from New York City. 

The cast includes Zach Stecklein, a junior from Whittier, playing Adolph Freitag; J.R. Maxwell, a senior from Tacoma, Wash., playing Boo Levy; Catherine Johnson, a freshman from Menlo Park, Calif., playing Reba Freitag; Christina Guiterrez, a freshman from Riverside County, playing Lala Levy; Juliette Carr, a freshman from Berkeley, Calif., playing Sunny Freitag; Gabriel Cullen, a junior from Alameda, Calif., playing Joe Farkas; and Christian Bollacker, a junior from Denver, Colo., playing Peachy Weil. Jack de Vries, associate professor of theatre arts, is directing the play.

            Tickets are $8 for the general public and $6 for students and senior citizens.
Tickets and information are available by calling the Shannon Center Box Office at

            Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent,
four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional
programs taught in the context of the liberal arts.  Whittier Law School, which is
accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of
American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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