Theater Company presents play written by professor

Members of a Purdue University Calumet acting class and an amateur actress from Chicago comprise the cast performing a world premiere, light-hearted comedy at Purdue Calumet about same sex partners, written by University Professor of Communication Theresa Carilli.

The Perfect Garden

Performances of “The Perfect Garden” are scheduled Friday-Sunday (11/9-11) and Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 17-18 in YJean Chambers Hall of the university’s Student Union & Library. Nov. 9, 10 and 17 performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18 performances are at 3 p.m.

The play portrays what happens when the lives of same sex domestic partners tending their home and beautiful garden are turned upside down when a close relative dies with a last request.

“This is the fifth in a series that explores interpersonal dynamics among same-sex partners,” Carilli said. “Along with my other plays, this one is a study of culture and communication. Through each of my plays, all comedies, I demonstrate the dimensional challenges of living as a marginalized individual.”

Director and Purdue Calumet Instructor Corya Channing describes the play as “socially relevant and lovingly told. Dr. Carilli’s humor, intelligence and compassion surface in this production.”

Second Production by Carilli

“The Perfect Garden” is the second Carilli production performed by the Purdue Calumet Theater Company. The one-act play, “Cat Hoarders Anonymous”, was performed last year and was very well received, according to Channing.

Although “The Perfect Garden” features just four primary characters, more than a dozen volunteers help out behind the scenes with lighting, scenery, sound, and other essentials.

Ticket Information

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for Purdue Calumet students with their student ID card. Though intended for mature audiences, adolescents at least 12-years-old will be admitted if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Reservations can be made by phoning 219/989-2357.

Other information can be obtained by contacting Director Channing by emailing or phoning 219/989-2267.