Dangerous attraction shakes up small town life in HUTC’s season-opener ‘Picnic’


Picnic Poster, Huntington UniversityHuntington, Ind. — The Huntington University Theatre Company is excited to open its main stage season with William Inge’s “Picnic.”

This Pultizer-prize winning drama tells the story of Flo Owens (Samantha Freeman) and her two daughters (Mary Russell and Courtney Swenson). Flo Owens’ life is turned upside down when a handsome young drifter (Philip Black) arrives in her small town in Kansas. The young man comes to town to find his old college roommate and friend, Alan Seymour (Nick Kight), in hopes of landing a high-class career and turning his life around. But things change when the young drifter lays his eyes on the town beauty, Madge Owens (Russell) — who just so happens to be the girlfriend of his college comrade. Sparks fly and tensions rise as the attraction between the two is almost immediate and will change the lives of their friends and family forever.

The show will be performed four times in the Studio Theatre located in the lower level of the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University Sept. 23-25. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sept. 25.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, $6 for children 13 and younger, $5 for HU students and $9 for HU faculty/staff.

For reservations, call the MCA Box Office at (260) 359-4261 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

You will not want to miss this suspenseful and thrilling drama from one of America’s most influential and popular playwrights in the last century.

Please note that this play contains adult themes and content that is not suitable for younger audiences.

“Picnic” is directed by Jay Duffer.

For more information, visit www.huntington.edu/theatre.

The cast includes:

Philip Black, a senior theater performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Mary Russell, a senior theater performance major from Columbia, Mo.

Samantha Freeman, a senior theater performance major from Portland, Ind.

Courtney Swenson, a senior theater performance major from Landenberg, Pa.

Nick Kight, a junior public relations and communication studies double major from Greenwood, Ind.

Kate Smith, a junior theater performance major with a music and Bible and religion double minor from Centerville, Ohio.

Derek DeRoo, a senior biblical studies major with a music minor from Zeeland, Mich.

Hannah Megill, a senior theater education major from Sterling, Ill.

Bethany Edlund, a senior theater performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Breana Balliet, a junior theater performance and music double major from Van Wert, Ohio.

Bryce Razor, a sophomore film production major from Huntington, Ind.


Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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