Riverland takes the stage with ‘Take Me Out,’ ‘Sez She’

Published 6:58 am Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Two plays open this week at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre — marking the Riverland drama department’s first endeavor into repertory theater during the academic year.

“Take Me Out,” a 2003 Tony Award-winner, opens Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The show will have four runs, closing on May Day.

“Sez She,” the sequel to Jane Martin’s monologue “Talking With,” opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and will have four runs closing on March 30.

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The purchase of a ticket for either show will provide access to one showing of both of the contemporary plays.

“They are both unique shows with really interesting twists,” said director Jerry Girton.

“Take Me Out” has an all-male cast of 11 while “Sez She” has an all-female cast of the same number.

The former production spotlights Darren Lemming, the star center fielder of the World Champion New York Empires, who encounters anger and violence when he casually announces he is gay.

“Take Me Out” is recommended for adults ages 16 and older due to language and situations, Girton advised.

“Sez She” chronicles the takes of 13 women on everything from sexual harassment to sleeping in theaters to the appeals of silence.

This performance is recommended for audience members over 14-years-old.

Tickets are $12, and free for Riverland Community College Students. When you buy a ticket to one show, you will get a ticket to the other show for free. For ticket information, call 433-0595.

“Sez She” is being performed in place of “Talking With.” Season ticket holders who may have tickets to “Talking With” may use them for a production of “Sez She” at the same date and time.

Riverland Theatre presents

Take Me Out

When: 7:30 p.m., April 21, 23, 29 and May 1

Where: Frank W. Bridges Theatre,

1900 Eighth Ave. NW

Riverland Theatre presents

Sez She

When: 7:30 p.m., April 22, 24, 28 and 30

Where: Frank W. Bridges Theatre,

1900 Eighth Ave. NW

Tickets: $12, free for Riverland students. Buy one ticket, get one free for the other show.