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O’Kane Theatre Presents ‘The Book Club Play’


By Sheryl E. Taylor

For its final production of the Spring Semester, the O’Kane Theatre is hosting Karen Zacarías’ “The Book Club Play,” April 6 - 8 and 12 - 15.

UHD News spoke with Dr. Dennis Sloan, Assistant Professor of Drama, about the upcoming student production.

Q:  What’s the new play about?

A:  The play is about a group of friends whose book club becomes the subject of a documentary film just as two new members come in and raise questions about what they value. All kinds of drama and hilarity ensues, and it‘s all recorded by a camera they can’t control,” Sloan said. “It’s a fun, contemporary comedy that asks questions about what counts as ‘culture,’ who decides what’s ‘smart,’ and what happens when all your personal business is caught on camera! 

Q:  The relevance of this production for O'Kane and the students? 

A:  “The Book Club Play is a great piece for a university,” Sloan said. “It explores the value we place not only on reading, but how we value the different kinds of things we read. It also examines how books and learning and media and culture can help us understand more about each other and ourselves—and it does it all through a highly entertaining story.” 

Q:  How many students are involved in this production? 

A:  We have nearly 20 students working on play. The cast includes 10 students and one very special surprise guest star!” Sloan noted. “The backstage crew includes two student stage managers, a student lighting board operator, a student sound board operator, and four students working on costume/properties crew.”

Q:   What can the audience expect?

A:  The audience can expect to laugh, to gasp, and to walk away thinking about what ‘culture’ and ‘literature’ mean to them, and how books and other media can help us discover new things about the world and about ourselves,” Sloan said.

O’Kane Theatre Performance Schedule for “The Book Club Play”
Each is approximately two hours, including a 15-minute intermission. Tickets are $5.95 and can be purchased at www.uhd.edu/theatre.

  • April 6, 7, 8
    7:30 p.m.
  • April 12, 13
    7:30 p.m.
  • April 14
    1:30 p.m.
    7:30 p.m.​
  • April 15
    7:30 p.m.


Photo: Courtesy of Sandy Underwood

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