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Appalachian Folk Drama Takes Main Stage at FSU
02/17/2010

Appalachian Folk Drama Takes Main Stage at FSU
Courtney Fanflik as Barbara Allen and Justin Truesdale as John, a “witch-boy”
The Department of Theatre and Dance at Frostburg State University will present Howard Richardson and William Berney’s Appalachian folk tale, “Dark of the Moon.” Performances will take place in the Performing Arts Center’s Drama Theatre Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, and Thursday, March 4, through Saturday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.

Loosely based on the ancient folk song, “The Ballad of Barbara Allen,” “Dark of the Moon” is a powerful, mystical folk drama set in the mysterious and mesmerizing Smoky Mountains of Appalachia in the 1920s. A tale of tragic love, reminiscent of “Romeo and Juliet,” is at the heart of a story that depicts a clash of incongruent worlds – the mountains where witches and other supernatural beings reside and the valley where the humans live. When John, a “witch boy,” falls in love with the beautiful, lusty mortal, Barbara Allen, he makes a pact with a conjurer to gain human status. His wish is granted on the condition that Barbara remain faithful to him for one year. But, myriad characters from both “worlds” conspire to thwart their happiness through a series of extraordinary, haunting, sometimes frightening plot twists.

Simultaneously spectacular and intimate, “Dark of the Moon” contains the best elements of good theatre with truly magical appeal.

For reservations and information, call the theatre box office at 301-687-7462, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students and $12 for the general public.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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