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Eden Troupe stages Oscar Wilde classic

April 8th, 2005

CONTACT: Craig Smith (540) 338-8703 ccsmith@phc.edu

PURCELLVILLE, VA – Eden Troupe, Patrick Henry College's drama club, will offer up love, intrigue, blackmail, and virtue as they present Oscar Wilde's dramatic comedy, An Ideal Husband, on April 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 P.M. in PHC's Town Hall. Tickets are available in the college bookstore or by phone at 540-338-8804. Prices are $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 and under.

Set in 1895, the play follows the foibles of British society and the struggles of Sir Robert Chiltern, the "ideal" husband, as the single misstep of his past returns to haunt him. Co-directors Kirsten Etherton and Helen Wiley, juniors at PHC, chose this play for its blend of wise humor and insightful wit.

"You can find humor in the most serious parts and a weighty meaning in the funniest," says Etherton. Ben Adams, a junior who has acted in five other Eden Troupe plays, says that this one has the potential to be the club's best yet. "It's just going to look nice," he declares, "and it's funny. The audience will like it."

This is Eden Troupe's seventh play. Last semester, the drama group produced Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Previous productions have included Arms and the Man, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Our Town.