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Piedmont to present The Invisible Man
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Sophomores Michael Cox of Duluth and Matthew Bramlett of Flowery Branch rehearse a scene from the upcoming Piedmont College production of ‘The Invisible Man.’ - photo by For Get Out

‘The Invisible Man’
When: 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11–13 and 2 p.m. Feb. 14
Where: Swanson Center Mainstage Theater, 365 College Drive, Demorest
Cost: $10 adults; $5 for seniors and students; free Piedmont students, faculty and staff
More info: piedmont.edu/fa or 706-778-8500 ext. 1355

The Piedmont College Theatre Department kicks off 2016 with a technically challenging stage adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel “The Invisible Man.”

Adapted by playwright Len Jenkins, the play transports the audience to a small town in 1957, where a family running a quiet motel confronts a mysterious scientist who has found the secret of becoming invisible. The family’s young son, Jim, discovers how scientific experimentation can raise serious ethical questions, that people are not always as they seem, and when intelligence and imagination are combined they can become dangerous two-edged swords.

Performances of “The Invisible Man” are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11–13 and 2 p.m. Feb. 14, in the Swanson Center Mainstage Theater, 365 College Drive, in Demorest.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Piedmont students, faculty, and staff are admitted free. Tickets can be ordered online at piedmont.edu/fa or by calling the box office at 706-778-8500 ext. 1355.

“The Invisible Man” focuses on the themes of science and power introduced in the 1897 novel. By moving the story to 1957, Jenkins places the play in the atomic age, making the amoral behavior of crazed scientist Jack Griffin even more sinister. It simultaneously raises serious ethical questions about scientific discovery.

“Most of us view science as a body of objective facts, but Len Jenkins’ play complicates this notion by showing us that scientists are human and therefore susceptible to human emotions such as greed, jealousy, rage and revenge,” director Kathy Blandin said. “These emotions can drive scientists toward unethical behavior and decisions regarding their scientific discoveries.”

 

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