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It's 'Homecoming' for Crimson Masque

Barry McNamara
02/19/2010
The Monmouth College theatre department and Crimson Masque will present Harold Pinter’s controversial drama “The Homecoming” Feb. 25 through Feb. 28.

Performances in the W.I.T. Studio Theater, located in the basement of the Haldeman-Thiessen Science Center, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on the first three dates, and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 28.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for other students and senior citizens and $4 for MC students, faculty and staff. They may be reserved by phone at 309-457-2104 or by e-mail at theater@monm.edu.

Pinter’s Tony-Award winning play has been the subject of controversy for more than 40 years. “The Homecoming” raises basic philosophical questions about the nature of so-called “family values” and the meaning of love among family members.

Set in North London, the play involves four men living together with their own agendas. They include Max, a retired butcher; Sam, his brother, a cab driver; and two of Max’s sons – Lenny, a successful pimp, and Joey, who works on a demolition crew during the day while trying to become a professional boxer. They are joined by Teddy, Max’s son from America, who comes home after six years with his “secret” wife, Ruth.

The cast includes completely new faces to the Monmouth College stage this year, including five freshmen: Michael Carioto of Worth; Matthew Shumaker of Galesburg; Jared Leone of Lake in the Hills; Michael Miller of Naperville; and Kady Patterson of Geneseo. Junior Jamie Kistler of Gerlaw rounds out the cast.

Theatre professors Doug Rankin and Bill Wallace are serving as director and technical director, respectively.

Due to the mature content of the show, it is not suitable for children.