Augustana College will present Eric Bogosian's "subUrbia," inPotter Theatre (3701 7th Ave., Rock Island) this weekend and next. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m. Sundays.
The story (written in 1994) focuses on three men in their early 20s who kill time in theparking lot of a convenience store in the fictional town of Burnfield. They talk trash, revel in theirhigh school glory days and harass the Pakistani owner of the store. The turning pointis the arrival of an old high school friend who has gone on to become a semi-famous musician.
Tensionmounts among the group as they realize things are never the same as they once were. As the nextday dawns, some have found their way out of Burnfield, while the rest are left to dealwith a tragedy that could have been any one of them.
"One of the things I really love about this play is that its themes are just as relevant today asthey were when it was written in the early' 90s," said Jo Vasquez '13, a psychology and theater arts major from LaSalle, Ill.
Kaitlin Ross '13, a theater major from Rockford,said it's a show "that will not only shock you, make you laugh or make you cry,but it will also stay with you long after the final curtain call. This is a show that you can relate to inso many ways, and will leave you thinking about your life for a long time to come."
"Our hope with this play is that it sparks conversation: about the young people in our ownlives who feel hopeless, and how to help them, and create a brighter future with them than the one they can envision for themselves," said director Jennifer Popple, fellowship instructor at Augustana. "In the end, we hope that the audience sees why this conversationis an important one to have,"
Tickets are $11 for the general public and $9 for senior citizens, students and Augustana faculty/staff, available at 309-794-7306 or augustana.edu/tickets.