The Concordia Theatre Department presents Evelyn in Purgatory, authored by award winning playwright Topher Payne. Directed by Christian Boy, Evelyn presents a “Breakfast Club”-style, earnest examination of the New York education system.
When a complaint is filed against one of the 70,000 teachers in New York’s public schools, they’re sent to a Reassignment Center, one of a series of empty offices in the Department of Education Building. There, they sit and wait for their case to be reviewed. Usually for months. Sometimes for over a year. A claim of improper behavior by a failing student lands Evelyn Reid in “the rubber room,” where she encounters a group of teachers, some guilty, some not, who have long since lost any hope of returning to a classroom. Over the course of the school year, these colleagues form an unlikely alliance, reminding each other of forgotten passions, emerging to face life outside in unexpected new directions. They also learn French and workshop a screenplay.
What: Concordia College Theatre’s performances of Evelyn in Purgatory
When: April 22nd-24th at 8 p.m.
Where: Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre- Mainstage, ONLINE
Cost: Free for all audience members
Ticket orders can be placed at: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/49108
In Concordia’s co-curricular theatre program, students put what they’ve learned in the classroom to the test. This season included THE RACE 2020, Dead Man’s Cellphone, Dance Nation, Songs for a New World, and will conclude with Evelyn in Purgatory. Each year, more than 250 students perform, design, direct, and produce alongside the faculty in this educational and artistic environment.