Whittier College News Release
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Whittier, CA 90608-0634
Contact: Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216
Whittier College Stages “The Last Night of
Alfred Uhry’s Tony Award-winning play “The Last Night of Ballyhoo”
presented by the Whittier College Theatre Arts Department Wednesday through
May 1–5 at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts. The show will
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
Tickets and information are available by calling the Shannon Center Box Office
Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an
four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong
programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which
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.