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Dual Theatre Productions to Highlight Barn Summer Playhouse at Roger Williams University

Public performances of ‘The Unexpected Man’ and ‘Boston Marriage’ will underscore the University’s annual summer theatre series

Roger Williams University’s Performing Arts Center will host dual public theatre productions as part of the annual Barn Summer Playhouse series in June and July. The summer set will kick-off with a performance of playwright Yasmina Reza’s “The Unexpected Man,” followed by a special production of David Mamet’s American comedy “Boston Marriage.”

Directed by Professor of Theatre Dorisa S. Boggs, “The Unexpected Man” tells the story of two strangers – one a famous author, the other a great admirer of his – who meet on a train from Paris to Frankfurt. Through searching monologues, the two dynamic characters reveal the rich unpredictability of their inner lives. The production will run June 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Just a few weeks later, Professor of Theatre Jeffrey Martin will direct a special production of the American comedy “Boston Marriage.” Set at the turn of the 20th century, the play chronicles the story of two bantering, scheming women – Anna and Claire – who have longed lived together on the fringes of upper-class society in a Boston marriage, a term used in New England in the decades spanning the turn of the century to describe two women living together, independent of financial support from a man. The production will run July 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets to both performances cost $10 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens.

All performances are open to the public and will take place at The Roger Williams University Performing Arts Center located on the Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (401) 254-3666. More information about the productions can also be found at: