Whirligig Is Coming to the Rooke Theatre

The MHC theatre arts department presents Whirligig by Mac Wellman, directed by Professor of Theatre Arts Roger Babb, at the Rooke Theatre Thursday through Saturday, December 9-11 at 8 pm and Sunday, December 12 at 2 pm.

Wellman’s Whirligig is a mysterious comedy about a modern girl who dreams of becoming a powerful and rebellious Hun. Stranded at a cosmic bus station, she meets a silver man from outer space who seeks a guide to understanding human happiness. Through a series of poetic interludes and strange encounters, the play takes us on a tour of Reagan-era politics and personal angst as we confront the consequences of conformity and freedom in 1980s America.

Wellman is one of the most widely performed American experimental playwrights. His biting social satire, Joycean language games, outrageous humor, and provocative subject matter have been the focus of critical acclaim, winning him three OBIE awards, the most recent (2003) for Lifetime Achievement.

The set and costume designs for this production are by New York designer Sarah Conly, with lighting by Cynthia Liu ’11 and sound by Lara Dubin.

For reservations, call 413-538-2406 or email rookeboxoffice@gmail.com. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens. Voicemail reservations are accepted; spell your last name and leave a phone number, as all reservations are confirmed. Reservations must be claimed 30 minutes prior to the performance.

The box office is staffed Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 pm, and one hour prior to each performance, beginning Monday, December 6.