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Theatrical Production of Getting Out in Willimantic on May 11, 12 & 13

Willimantic - The public is invited to the former Off-Broadway drama Getting Out, performed by students at EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) arts magnet high school, on Thurs., Fri. and Sat., May 11, 12, and 13, 2017, at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sat., May 12, at the Capitol Theater, 896 Main St., Willimantic.

“Getting Out is a show about how women accept, challenge, or change the course of their paths with courage, dignity, hope and strength,” said ACT Director of Theater Sandra L. Evans-Abbott. “ACT students have embraced the themes that run throughout this story; namely, acceptance and forgiveness of oneself and others.”

Getting Out’s subject matter is for mature audiences and not suitable for young children.

Written byPulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman, Getting Out was produced at the Marymount Manhattan Theatre in 1978 and thenOff-Broadwayin 1979. The play concerns Arlene/Arlie, a female prisoner, just released from prison, who returns to her home in Kentucky. Although she tries to lead a normal life, her past experiences keep intruding.

Getting Out’s lead characters will be played by senior Juliana Sliva, from Brooklyn, who will play Arlene, and junior Jocelyn Hoagland, of Willimantic, who will play Arlie. The remaining cast members play people who have influenced the life events and choices of the main character. The cast: senior Rachael Vroman, Chaplin; senior AJ Saulnier, Wauregan; senior Samantha Morowski, Danielson; senior Victoria Sun, Norwich; junior Tayon Kulos, Norwich; senior Caleb Burelle, Hampton; senior Matthew Hohman, Chaplin; junior Blake Peterson, Pomfret; sophomore Josh Grover, Willimantic; sophomore Naremean Aumaree, Willimantic; and sophomore Malia Peres, Willimantic. Senior Max Mayo of Willington, and junior Mary Neal of Windham will stage manage.

Getting Out’s lighting design is by ACT Technical Theater Instructor Christianne Glenn-Long, audio/visual production is by Audio/Video and Technology Education teacher Dan Boisvert, and costume design is by Costuming instructor Sarah Murphy. Former ACT artist/teacher, Chris Hoyt, who currently teaches and designs for Central Connecticut State University’s theater department, is the special guest scenic designer.

 “In preparing for their roles, ACT students have conducted extensive research on women’s rights in America, statistics on incarcerated women and social services/rehabilitation,” said Evans-Abbott. “All actors are being trained on the myriad of dialects employed for these characters.”

Regular tickets for Getting Out are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for alumni and military. For tickets, call the Capitol Theater Box Office at 860-465-5636 or visit the Box Office prior to show time for walk-up ticket sales (cash or check only).

ACT, which is administered by EASTCONN, is a four-year, arts magnet high school, located in the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Willimantic. Visit www.eastconn.org/ACT to learn more. EASTCONN is a public, non-profit, Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980.