Fall Theater Production Explores War’s Ironies

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Theater at EMU will present its fall mainstage production, Irwin Shaw’s "Bury the Dead," Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 2-6, in Lehman Auditorium. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.

The play, directed by Patrick Reynolds, interim assistant professor of theater at EMU, takes place during "the war that is to begin tomorrow night." It opens with a group of soldiers ordered to bury their fallen comrades.

Resisting the grave, the dead arise and doggedly refuse to surrender their lives to a war they never understood. Chaos, both bold and wickedly funny, ensues.

Generals order the former soldiers to return to the ground. Journalists label the situation an enemy plot. Family members and friends beg them to accept the "honor" of death. Slowly, however, the playwright’s world begins to turn upside down as the living find truth in the dead, the only ones who truly understand war.

Barbara Graber, professor of theater, is play producer. Sophomore theater major Christina S. Myers is stage manager and junior Miriam L. Yoder is production manager.

Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the door; senior citizens and non-EMU students are $5. For more information, call the EMU box office at 540-432-4582.