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October 22, 2004
CONTACT: Amy Cowles

Johns Hopkins University Theatre to Stage "U.S.A."

The Johns Hopkins University Theatre continues its debut season with its production of "U.S.A.," a stage adaptation of John Dos Passos' famous trilogy of novels, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, Saturday, Nov. 6, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, in the Meyerhoff Auditorium in the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, in Baltimore.

The stage revue version of "U.S.A.", adapted by the author and Paul Shyre, captures Dos Passos' impassioned, energetic and structurally groundbreaking panorama of early 20th century America. This production's stars are six Johns Hopkins undergraduates: James Zwerneman, Anthony Blaha, Chunwoo Kae, Tania Hamod, Liz Gilbert, and Elspeth Kursh. The play is directed by Johns Hopkins alumnus and faculty member John Astin, who created the new theater program, and Loren Dunn, a member of the class of 2004.

The troupe's first production, Jeffrey Sweet's "Bluff," was well received by audiences at the BMA in September. Johns Hopkins University Theatre now has a permanent home in the Merrick Barn on the Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Decades ago, when the school's Writing Seminars Department was known as the Department of Writing, Speech, and Drama, the Barn housed its drama activities. A graduate of that former department best known for his role as Gomez Addams in the original Addams Family television series, Astin returned to Johns Hopkins in 2001 to teach acting and directing. Since then, he has led a renaissance of the school's theatre program.

Tickets are $15; $14 for seniors; $10 for museum members; and $5 for students. Call The Johns Hopkins University Theatre box office at 410-516-5153 for tickets, or e-mail your ticket request to hut@jhu.edu.

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