It Gets Under Your Skin!
Henry Ford College Theatre Arts presents the play “Bug” June 16-26
“Bug” will be performed in the Adray Auditorium, located in the Grant U. MacKenzie Fine Arts Center (Building F on the main campus) on the following dates:
• Thursday, June 16, at 8 p.m.;
• Friday, June 17, at 8 p.m.;
• Saturday, June 18, at 8 p.m.;
• Sunday, June 19, at 2 p.m.;
• Thursday, June 23, at 8 p.m.;
• Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m.;
• Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m.; and
• Sunday, June 26, at 2 p.m.
“Bug” – a psychological horror story nominated for three Drama Desk Awards – is written by Tracy Letts, a Pultizer Prize-winning playwright. It is directed by Dr. George Popovich, HFC Director of Theatre and Director of the Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL). The play debuted at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, London, England on Sept. 20, 1996. Following its London run, the play made its American debut in Ithaca, NY, followed by the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. in 2000.
The majority of “Bug” occurs in a seedy hotel room where Agnes – a lonely waitress who’s addicted to cocaine – lives. Agnes is on the run from her violent ex-husband Jerry, who was just released from prison. One night, her friend R.C. introduces Agnes to Peter, a Gulf War veteran who may or may not be AWOL.
Agnes gets involved with Peter, who is paranoid about the war in Iraq, UFOs, the Oklahoma City bombing, cult suicides and the American government conducting secret experiments on soldiers. To make matters worse, there’s a hidden bug infestation in her hotel room that has both Agnes and Peter dealing with scathing welts and festering sores, which Peter believes is the result of experiments conducted on him during his stay at an army hospital.
Their fears soon escalate into the realm of paranoia, conspiracy theories and twisted psychological motives. In fact, Peter eventually draws Agnes into his paranoid delusions. From there, the play chronicles her slow descent into madness under Peter’s influence.
HFC’s production of “Bug” will be a participating entry in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in New York City. Founded in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the founding chairman of the Kennedy Center, the KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide and has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater throughout the United States (U.S.). Since then, the KCACTF has grown into a department, where artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment from KCACTF respondents.
Bug contains scenes of violence, and other adult content. No one under 18 admitted. For a complete content advisory, see: http://theatre.hfcc.edu/productions/2016/bug