‘On the Verge’ in Second Stage Series

River CampusCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 21, 2012 – The Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University will perform “On the Verge” Dec. 5-9 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at Southeast’s River Campus.

Productions are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-8 and for 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

“On the Verge” is a witty and fantastical comedy by Eric Overmyer that follows three independently-minded Victorian women explorers as they travel through time and space on a journey of discovery. The travelling 19th-century trio encounters strange artifacts of future eras – Cool Whip, President Eisenhower, and a Las Vegas lounge singer – and tries to make sense of their bizarre circumstances. Along the way, they cross paths with strange characters – a Himalayan yeti, a cannibal who takes on the personality of his latest meal, and a mysterious Asian courtesan – who more often than not add confusion to the mix. “On the Verge” charms with clever dialogue, other-worldly situations, and three oddly lovable lady explorers.

The performance at Southeast is directed by Dr. Robert Dillon Jr., Southeast professor of theatre and dance.

“This is a play I have wanted to do for a long time,” Dillon said. “It is a wonderful mix of wordplay and fantasy realism.”

Dillon said the feminist play serves as a delightful challenge for actors.

“Think of ‘Star Trek the Original Series’ melded with ‘Indiana Jones’,” he said. “The play is blended with high style wordplay and low comedy shenanigans worthy of Ricky Gervais.”

The Second Stage Series includes “On the Verge” and “Murphy’s Law.”

“The Series features slightly off-center plays – those most people will not have a chance to see because, though they are worth producing, they are usually a little quirky or not very well-known to the general public,” said Dr. Phil Nacy, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “It gives the theatre and dance students a chance to explore characters they don’t normally get to portray and gives our audiences the opportunity to see plays that usually fall below the main-stream, popular radar. The Second Stage Series productions are edgy and always provide an entertaining evening at the theatre. Second Stage Series productions are not included in the Theatre and Dance Series season tickets.”

Tickets are on Sale Now.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.

This production contains adult content.