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Faculty Member joins Local Cast

September 28, 2013

  • Owen Carey

Department of Theatre’s faculty member Rebecca Lingafelter is performing in Third Rail Repertory’s Sweet & Sad by Richard Nelson from September 28-October 20th at the Winningstad Theatre in downtown Portland.

It’s the 10th Anniversary of September 11 and the Apple family find themselves gathered together in Rhinebeck, NY for an impromptu lunch before heading off to an afternoon memorial service. While Uncle Benjamin rehearses for a reading, emotions run the gamut as the Apples catch up on politics (both familial and political), tell ghost stories, tease each other mercilessly, and confront the difficulties of loss. Filled with humor and sorrow, SWEET AND SAD celebrates the challenges of life in 21st century America and features the returning cast from last season’s hit show, THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING.

The play is one of four plays (produced once a year over four years), that follows a family through the realities of living in America in the 21st Century. Each play is set against the backdrop of a significant historical or political event.  The first (That Hopey Changey Thing) was set on the date of the mid-term elections in 2010.  This year’s play is set on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  The play asks questions about mourning and memorial, and is an intimate look at the way politics and history impact our daily lives.

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