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October 2013 News Releases

Penal colony setting for play at Washburn University


Convicts and captors in 18th century Australia take to the stage in “Our Country’s Good,” at the Andrew J. and Georgia Neese Gray Theatre at Washburn University. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Adapted from the Thomas Keneally novel, “The Playmaker,” by British playwright,

Timberlake Wertenbaker, the story concerns a group of Royal Marines and convicts in a penal colony in New South Wales, Australia, in the 1780s, who undertake a theatrical pursuit.

One element of the production is the use of doubling, in which an actor plays at least one convict and one officer. General admission is $8; Washburn faculty, staff and students are admitted free with university ID.  Tickets available at box office one hour prior to performances. For information, call 670-1639.                                                                                     


(Dena Anson, 670-1711)