The department of theatre and dance are inviting guests to have dinner and wine on the University Theatre stage, preview the play “The Vertical Hour” in the Studio Theatre, and  enjoy dessert during an exclusive question and answer session with the actors, director and the tech/design team, Feb.7 at 6 p.m. Show time will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $75 and are available online at the LU theatre and dance website.

“This is a first-time opportunity for patrons to have dinner, wine and hors d’oeuvre on the university stage,” department chair Golden Wright said. “They will go see the first act of the show, (have) dessert and wine at intermission, see the second act of the show, and afterwards can ask questions that maybe they wouldn’t get a chance to.” 

Wright says that the idea of the fundraiser is to get the patrons involved, get to know the department better and develop a relationship. 

“The audience is taken out of reality for a certain amount of time — entertained, hopefully. (The play) touches on something that relates to their past, makes you think in a different way, questions your beliefs, addresses some political situation that is happening — when you walk out of the theater you carry an experience with you,” he said. 

However, Wright said there is a distance between the audience and the actors.

“Maybe you don’t know anyone in that show and you don’t ever meet them again,” he said. “What we want to do is give people an opportunity to come into this space, be onstage and have dinner with people who they have something in common with — love for the performing arts — come see the show and partake in some wine.” 

To read about “The Vertical Hour” click here.

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