Eureka College Theatre to Present “The Visit” Nov. 12-15
November 05, 2020
EUREKA – The Eureka College Theatre Department’s online staged reading of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s masterpiece, The Visit, is coming up and will soon be available to watch via Zoom.
The production will be recorded and live-streamed on Nov. 12-15 at 7 p.m. each day. After each performance, there will be a short talkback with the director and selected cast members.
EC professor of theatre arts and drama Holly Rocke will direct a fantastic cast of EC students that features Jaedon Banks, CJ Blackwell, Sean Blair, Lynn Ceja, J'len Crawford, Lydia Curry, Grace Dearhamer, Joe Hughes, Brianna Moor, Liv Roach and Audrey Welch.
The Visit will be Eureka College’s first live-streamed theatre event.
"Theatre needs three things to exist - a story, actors, and a shared space,” Rocke said. “During the pandemic we are rethinking what shared space means. While it is no longer feasible to meet together in person, technology has allowed us to meet online for a shared viewing experience. Without the pressure of spectacle, the actors are able to focus on telling the story. We let go of worrying about traditional props, making sure all the lighting cues are correct, or how adding sound into the production will change the experience. The frightening story is what drew us all in. We have held in-depth conversations on the meaning of the play. With the help of the students, we have pushed and created something special. We welcome you to the shared space of the internet to enjoy our story of revenge told by talented actors.”
Written by Swiss dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt and adapted by Maurice Valency, The Visit tells the story of Claire – the richest woman in the world – who returns to her hometown to try and buy justice. Watch as every character wrestles with their moral compass, and see if the town decides the life of one citizen can save them all.
Located in Eureka, Illinois, and chartered in 1855, Eureka College cultivates excellence in learning, service and leadership while providing students uniquely personalized and custom educational opportunities.
Originally founded by abolitionist members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Eureka College holds the unique distinction of being the first college in Illinois and only the third in the nation to admit men and women on an equal basis. The College, which is located on nearly 70 wooded acres in central Illinois, is the smallest of the 23 colleges and universities to ever award a bachelor’s degree to a future President of the United States.