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Musical Comedy 13 at Eastern Univeristy March 28-April 1

St. Davids, PA, March 19, 2012:  Eastern University Theatre presents 13, a musical comedy about coming of age, teen traumas and middle school survival. It runs Wednesday through Saturday, March 28-31 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 1 at 3 p.m. in McInnis Auditorium on the campus at 1300 Eagle Road in St. Davids, Pennsylvania (PA). Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 with an Eastern University ID. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Box Office at 610.225.5545.

This high-energy musical that tackles the trials and traumas of growing up and fitting in, follows the story of Evan Goldman, a 13-year-old who is forced to move when his parents get divorced and leaves New York for a small town in Indiana. Evan thinks the town is “lame” but is determined to make friends with the most popular kids, so he can throw the best Bar Mizvah party ever.  Easier said than done. The star quarterback promises to deliver, but only if Evan meets all his demands and drops his only friend, Patrice. The school geek sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumors. Every day he faces a new teen trauma: incitement and extortion, first dates and first kisses, cell phones, cliques, clashes and crushes.

Music and lyrics for 13 are written by Jason Robert Brown who won the Tony Award for Best Original Score for Parade, composed for the Tony Award nominated Urban Cowboy, and wrote the off-Broadway hit The Last Five Years.

13 is directed by Teresa Moyer, Associate Director of Theatre. Her previous productions at Eastern include Carousel, Into the Woods, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, and another Jason Robert Brown musical, Songs for a New World. 

Moyer has a particular affinity to the music and lyrics of Jason Robert Brown and was drawn to the energy, spirit and subject matter of 13. “When we think back to middle school most of us remember it being both wonderful and terrifying at the same time...mostly terrifying,” says Moyer. “We are coming into adulthood, so desperate to fit in and be liked, while trying to figure out who we are. The musical 13 explores all the complexities of this age in a raucous, humorous way, and in a way that enables all of us - young and old - to embrace the part of us that make us different.  After all, isn’t that what enables us to offer something unique and special to the world, something that only we can give?”

About Eastern University Theatre
Eastern Theatre’s mission is to pursue a philosophy of arts education which includes training our students to encounter, examine and embody the truths of the human experience in radical relationship to Jesus, the Divine Incarnate. The example of Jesus’ life, teaching and passion inspires our belief that just as there is no “safe” Gospel worth living for, there is no “safe” art worth making or engaging with. We endeavor to train students and make art to respond prophetically to the human condition, and act responsibly in the dialogue of the Eastern University community.

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