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A Night of Dark Comedy at SUU

February 11, 2005
Author: Rachel Bishop
Category: Arts

A Night of Dark Comedy at SUU--Ozzie and Harriett face reality

Written by Rachel Bishop, MFA Candidate

“Slightly Disturbing, yet poetic” is how SUU Junior Jesse Thomas describes his directing project Sticks and Bones. This black comedy, set in the 1960s, deals with racism, the nature of war, and family relationships. SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts and Theatre Arts and Dance Department will present this second Stage II performance of the semester February 24-26, on the SUU campus.

Sticks and Bones, which opened on Broadway in 1972, was written by Vietnam veteran David Rabe. The production won numerous awards from the Dramatists Guild and the Outer Critics Circle. In 1972 it won the Antoinette Perry Award at the Tony’s for best play.

The plot focuses on David, a blind veteran, who returns home from the Vietnam War to discover that, in a way, his family is blind as well. A parody of the perfect all-American family, most of the characters’ names, and some situations, come from the television sitcom Ozzie and Harriett. Using varied writing styles and symbolism, Rabe teaches important life lessons while keeping the audience entertained and on the edge of their seat.

Stage II is a student production organization chartered through the Theatre Arts and Dance Department at SUU.

The Stage II production of Sticks and Bones will play February 24-26 at 7:30 pm in SUU’s Black Box Theatre (Auditorium 108). Tickets are only $5 and will be sold at the door.

This production contains strong language and adult content.

Details of all College of Performing and Visual Arts events are available at 435-865-8800 or on the Internet at


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Contact Information:
Tina Stevenson, Theatre Arts Dept.