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Springfield College Theater Presents Defying Gravity

Apr 05, 2024 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

By Jane Anderson
Directed by Martin Shell

Defying Gravity is a clever and uplifting play about the outer limits of human possibility that weaves together stories of the bystanders touched by the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster. At the center is the teacher selected as the first civilian in space, who perishes with the shuttle explosion, and her daughter as both grown woman and child. Past, present, and future lives unfold in an impressionistic collage that affirms our impulse toward exploration, wonder, and astonishment, even in the face of great loss. Dramatic, comic, and deeply moving, Anderson’s play explores our need to reach beyond the boundaries of normal thinking, dare the universe, and “defy gravity.”

Defying Gravity will be the final Springfield College Theater production under the direction of Martin Shell, who is wrapping up 30 years of producing theater at Springfield College.

Suggested Donation: General public: $5, students and senior citizens: Free

This performance is open to the Springfield College community and the public.

Defying Gravity is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. concordtheatricals.com

If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact Julie Calhoun as soon as possible at jcalhoun2@springfield.edu or (413) 748-3930 to discuss your accessibility needs.

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April 5
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
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