"On the Verge" Staged April 2-7 at CSU, Chico

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CSU, Chico’s Department of Music and Theatre will present a production of “On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning),” a play written by Eric Overmyer that follows three Victorian-era lady adventurers as they spin through time travel.

Presented April 2-6 at 7:30 p.m. and April 6 and 7 at 2 p.m. in Wismer Theatre, “On the Verge” has been described as “joyfully feminist and a masterpiece of rhythm and word.”

“On the Verge” follows the adventures of three Victorian women explorers into what they believe to be Terra Incognita, a new, unexplored land. The three are from very different exploration backgrounds but all exhibit their own form of independence from the world in general and specifically men. During the course of the play the three together discuss many aspects of their past exploring adventures, with Mary and Fanny frequently trying to outdo each other. As the ladies progress on their travels it becomes apparent that they are not on an ordinary journey.

Director Joel P. Rogers said he is enjoying preparing the student cast for the upcoming performances.

“I love the language in the play…and these characters are often ridiculous…which I also really enjoy…I mean, how many plays have a troll AND a yeti?”

The most challenging aspect of “On the Verge” so far, said Rogers, has been getting his actors — Katie Morrill, Ashley Garlick, Philomena Block, and Nate Whitaker —comfortable with the language of the play.

“The language and rhythm of the Victorian lady traveler is quite different from our contemporary forms of slang and speech. It’s fun to watch the construct of their language deteriorate as they move from time to time as they grow nostalgic for the future.”

Joining him in the designing aspects of “On the Verge” — in addition to directing duties Rogers is also the lighting designer — are students Leanne Convis and Lauren Sutton-Beattie (costumes) and fellow Department of Music and Theatre faculty member Katie Whitlock (sound).

Rogers said “On the Verge” is an ideal play for a college production.

“It features a small cast, great script, and doesn’t require a lot of production work while still having a great approach to imaginative theatre.”    

He hopes audience members leave the theatre following performances of “On the Verge” thinking about how far they themselves have “traveled” in recent years.

“The play is clearly about women and their particular travel through time,” he said. “It is also about humans as they move through and develop through history and into the future.”

Advance tickets, at $15 adults, $13 seniors, and $6 children/students, are available at the University Box Office (898-6333). Add $2 for tickets purchased at the door. For disability-related accommodations please call 898-6333.


Poster design by Stacey Lo, School of the Arts Publicity Office graphic designer.