Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
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13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634

Contact: Caye Brundage Riley at (562) 907-497
Oct. 13, 2003                                     

Reference: 03/04: 16

Travesties Onstage at Whittier College

          Tom Stoppard’s Travesties will be presented by the Whittier College Theatre Arts Department on stage at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 15-18, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19. 

            They’ve been called the most unlikely group of people to appear in the same play:  James Joyce, the Irish novelist who wrote Ulysses; author and poet Tristan Tzara, known mainly as a founder of Dada, the nihilistic revolutionary movement in the arts; and Russian revolutionary Lenin.  The one thing they had in common was that they were all in Switzerland in 1917, and they all came into contact with Henry Carr, a minor official of the British Consulate in ZurichCarr’s great claim to fame was that he appeared in the Oscar Wilde comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, produced by James Joyce, brought a lawsuit against Joyce and ended up as a minor character in his novel Ulysses.

            Travesties is Carr’s senile reminiscences of his encounters with the trio.  He puts his own spin on the relationship between art and politics, but fails to win his own argument.

          The cast includes freshman Daniel Armas of Temple City as James Joyce; junior Sean Bergman of Tucson, Ariz., as Tzara; freshman Damon Lewis of San Ramon, Calif., as Lenin; and sophomore Danielle Moran of Waltham, Mass., as Cecily.

          Also in the cast are freshman Viktoriya Soshina of Colorado Springs, Colo., as Nadya; junior Christian Sorensen of Bellevue, Wash., as Carr; junior Stephanie Stevens of Norwalk, Calif., as Gwendolen; and freshman Napoleon Tavale of St. Paul, Minn., as Bennett.

          Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for students and senior citizens with proper ID.  Tickets are available by calling the Shannon Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203.

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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