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The Water Engine to Fill Anathan Theatre

Posted: Friday, March 6, 2009

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STEUBENVILLE, OH — This spring, Franciscan University’s Anathan Theatre will present a fascinating examination of the spirit of individualism as portrayed in David Mamet’s American fable The Water Engine.

The play tells the story of inventor Charles Lang and his attempts to patent his invention—an engine that runs on pure water. Lang hopes that his machine will provide a comfortable life away from the crowded city of Chicago for his sister, Rita, and himself. However, Lang isn’t the only one hoping to benefit from the engine and so begins a life-and-death struggle with capitalism, greed, and hunger for political power.The Water Engine

The Water Engine opened on Broadway in 1978 and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play.

The Anathan Theatre production of The Water Engine opens Friday, March 27. Performances on Saturday, March 28; Friday, April 3; and Saturday, April 4, will be held at 8:00 pm. Matinee performances on Sunday, March 29, and Sunday, April 5, will begin at 2:00 p.m. All showings will be in the Anathan Theatre on the Franciscan University campus. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Religious and children 12 and under are free.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 9. Contact Toni Aeschliman, Franciscan University faculty secretary, at 740-283-6245. Tickets will also be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

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