FDU’s Students Present “Orpheus Descending” by Tennessee Williams

MADISON, N.J. (October 24, 2011)—Fairleigh Dickinson University students will put on performances of “Orpheus Descending” by Tennessee Williams from Nov. 17-20. The play is set in a dry goods store in southern Mississippi, where a young man, Val Xavier, comes in looking for work only to find himself at the center of intrigue, gossip and violence. Performances will be held in Dreyfuss Theater at FDU’s College at Florham in Madison, N.J. 

Although, “Orpheus Descending” is one of Williams’ lesser-known plays it is no less compelling. The themes of sexual longings, unfulfilled desires and thwarted dreams fill the stage as the modern retelling of the ancient Greek Orpheus legend unfolds.

Stephen Hollis, director of the Theater Arts Program, will be directing. The sets and costumes will be designed by Yu-Han Huang and Erin Schultz respectively, both recent graduates from NYU's Tisch School of Design. David Landau, associate professor of Visual and Performing Arts, will be the lighting designer.

Performances dates are: Nov. 17, 18, 19 at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee on the 20th at 2:30 p.m. A special matinee for high school students is on Friday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m.

Tickets for all shows are $5 for students and the FDU community, and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling 973-443-8644. Due to a generous grant from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, tickets for students attending the High School Friday matinees are free. For further information, email Stephen Hollis at hollis@fdu.edu or call 973-443-8467. FDU’s College at Florham is at 285 Madison Ave., Madison, N.J.

For Immediate Release

FDU Office of Public Relations

   (Metropolitan Campus Office)
Dickinson Hall, Room 3365, H-DH3-1, Teaneck, NJ 07666

Dina Schipper,
Director of Public Relations
Fax: 201-692-7019

Helen Grill,
Senior General Clerk
Fax: 201-692-7019

FDU Office of Public Relations

   (College at Florham Office)
East Cottage, Second Floor, M-EC2-01, Madison, NJ 08450

Scott Giglio,
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Fax: 973-443-8671

Daniel Landau,
Public Relations Assistant
Fax: 973-443-8671