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Augustana Theatre presents 'Picnic' tonight through Saturday
By Staff reports

April 30. 2014 9:10AM
The Augustana Performing and Visual Arts will present "Picnic," a play by William Inge, at 7:30 p.m. April 30-May 3 in the Edith Mortenson Center Theatre. A matinée performance will also be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

A three-act play, "Picnic" is set in a small town in Kansas and details the lives of "ordinary" Americans, from hopeful widows and embittered spinsters to idealistic teenagers and restless wanderers. "Picnic" follows a group of friends getting ready for a Labor Day picnic when a stranger rolls into town to shake up their quiet American Heartland existence. The stranger's unconventional charm sets the women to question the choices they have made in their lives, and for one woman, she begins to wonder if she wants to change her life forever by following her desires.

"Picnic" was first performed on Broadway in 1953 and was adapted into a motion picture in 1955, starring William Holden and Kim Novak. The Augustana production is directed by Dan Workman and includes cast members Christina Olson, Matt Stoffel, Teresa Preuss, Eli Yackel-Juleen, Kendra Gerber, Emily Fitterer, Claire Avery, Matthew Schilling, Lorelei Tinaglia, Kiri Jacobsen and Shane Francis.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors and are free for Augustana students and faculty with ID. Tickets are available at

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