Penn State Centre Stage to present 'O Beautiful' from Oct. 7 to 18

Penn State Centre Stage will present Theresa Rebeck’s critically acclaimed play "O Beautiful" from Oct. 7 to 18, in the Playhouse Theatre. Directed by Dan Carter, artistic director of Penn State Centre Stage, the production features an exciting cast comprised of current Penn State School of Theatre students, established Actors’ Equity performers and members of the local community.

Called “a far-reaching, well timed exploration of what separates and polarizes society, and a plea for everyone to agree to disagree” by Broadway World, "O Beautiful" is a theatrically inventive fusion of contemporary American life and the history that got this country to its current politically opposed age. Its fiercely funny story explores the lives of high school students, teachers and their families as they cope in a world of real personal problems and extremist ideological rhetoric that gets so heated that Jesus, St. Paul, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry, Benjamin Franklin and others show up to weigh-in and mix things up. Alternately sweet and fiery, and as topical as an evening television newscast, "O Beautiful" lands the complex realities of our culture squarely on the stage deck in an electrifying blend of ancient characters, founding fathers and your neighborhood high school.

Note: "O Beautiful" contains political, social and religious content that some may find challenging.

“We are incredibly excited to bring 'O Beautiful' to the community,” said director Carter. “One of the purposes of religion, and I believe, theater, is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. 'O Beautiful is an example of the latter, as it aspires to jolt audiences into thinking about a number of issues in a new way; to consider their own beliefs and to contemplate how they respond to the beliefs of others. It is a remarkable play that is alternately funny and sad, and ultimately, hopeful.”

Previews are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and 9; evening shows are planned for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18; a matinee is planned for 2 p.m. Oct. 18. Evening tickets are $18, preview/matinee tickets are $16 and students (with valid PSU ID) can get tickets for $12. For additional show information, visit www.theatre.psu.edu. Tickets are available at Penn State Tickets Downtown, Eisenhower Box Office, Bryce Jordan Center or by calling 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX. Group sales discounts are available.

Last Updated September 25, 2014