Theater season opens with The Diviners

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Under the direction of Mindy Wagner, the Geneva College Theater will open its 2008 – 2009 season on October 30. Students from the college will present Jim Leonard′s The Diviners two weekends at the beginning of November. In the spring, Dr. David Kuhns will direct The Misanthrope by Molière, originally written for a French king. Geneva invites the on- and off-campus community to enjoy these productions.

The performances, to be held in the Geneva Studio Theater, begin in the evening at 8 p.m. Saturday matinees start at 2 p.m. General admission is $5, with a reduced price of $3 for students and seniors. Children under the age of twelve are charge $2, which is also the group rate. Geneva faculty and staff may attend for $3.50. Call the Geneva box office to reserve tickets at 724-847-5099.

This fall′s play The Diviners will run Thursday, Oct. 30 through Saturday, Nov. 1 and Thursday, Nov. 6 through Saturday, Nov. 8. It is the story of former preacher C. C. Showers and town idiot Buddy Layman. A near-drowning experience has left Buddy with a phobia of water and an uncanny gift for sensing it. Showers is looking for a new life and is hailed as a savior by the townsfolk. After making a connection, both Buddy and Showers are forced to confront their fears in the story about things giving life also taking it away.

Sophomore Brenna Garda portrays the character Buddy Layman. Acting with her are fellow students Kevin Hinnebusch (sophomore), Lisa Lyons (sophomore), Julie Lohmann (junior) and Corey Fraction (sophomore), as well as others.

The Misanthrope, written in the late 1600s, is the story of two friends with the same love interest. In this critique of high society, the author questions how people judge their peers. Molière also challenges the audience to stay above such pettiness as gossip and malice, as well as illustrating the value of accepting others and yourself.

Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and church. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).