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Gonzaga Readers Theatre Brings Classic Short Story ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ to Stage April 11-13

Posted on April 5, 2013 in: Academics, Arts, Events, Students

“The Yellow Wallpaper” chronicles the story of a woman confined by her husband to the walls of an upstairs bedroom.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University Theatre presents its final show in the Second Stage Readers Theatre Series titled, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” at 7:30 p.m. April 11-13 in the Magnuson Theatre. The play was written by Paul Kuritz, adapted from the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Gonzaga senior Brittany Dortch will direct students in this drama.

“The Yellow Wallpaper” chronicles the story of a woman confined by her husband to the walls of an upstairs bedroom. Through her journal entries, the woman writes of her nervous depression and over time develops an unusual fascination with the room’s wallpaper. This harmless fascination eventually turns eerie, as the woman falls into a state of psychosis.

Dortch is excited to present the chilling story of a woman’s insanity, and is challenged to accurately represent the domestic sphere of women in the 19th century. “There are so many different factors that play into her progression to insanity,” says Dortch. “Factors that are quite relatable even today, such as lack of emotional support and loneliness.”

Tickets are available at the door for a suggested $2 donation. For more information on the production, please contact Summer Berry, marketing coordinator of the theatre and dance program, at (509) 313-3606 or via email. For more information on tickets and the remaining shows in the 2012-2013 season, contact the Gonzaga Theatre Box Office at (509) 313-6553.

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