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Frostburg State University Theatre to Present "Under the Gaslight"
02/12/2001

University Theatre at Frostburg State University will present "Under the Gaslight," one of the most famous melodramas ever written, a classic tale of Good versus Evil filled with suspense and action.

Performances are scheduled for March 2, 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. A matinee is scheduled for March 3 at 2 p.m.

Written in 1867 by Augustin Daly, one of the first modern directors, "Under the Gaslight" is set in the post-civil war period of the 19th century. For its time, the play displays a surprising awareness of major social issues of the time - class conflict, income tax problems, capricious court systems, poor treatment of war veterans and women's suffrage.

The action begins in Manhattan when the pure and lovely Laura Courtland's engagement to rich playboy Ray Trafford is thwarted after the villainous Byke calls her birthright into question. With her position in high society destroyed and her engagement ended, Laura seeks answers among her former high society peers and the city's rough street people, none of whom are what they appear to be. Despite Byke's efforts to thwart and control her, Laura's strength and resourcefulness prove her to be more than just a pretty face.

In the play's most famous scene, Laura is kidnapped by Byke and plunged into a raging river while a wounded soldier tied to the railroad tracks faces a locomotive rumbling right toward him - on stage. By the play's end, family secrets and characters' hidden motives are exposed.

Information and reservations can be obtained by calling (301) 687-4145 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets are $7 for non-students and $3 for students.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu