College Theater Presents ‘The Living’ Oct. 7 to 24

By: Angela Mennecke

A student stands on a stage holding a prop, which is a piece of paper that says "Bill of Mortality"

College of DuPage College Theater presents “The Living,” Anthony Clarvoe’s tale of the power of courage and compassions, Thursday, Oct. 7, to Sunday, Oct. 24. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays in the McAninch Arts Center Studio Theater on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

In 1665, the plague brought London to its knees. Directed by COD Theater Department Chair Connie Canaday Howard, follow the stories of Londoners who have remained in the city as they struggle to find meaning amid a catastrophic epidemic.

Canaday Howard said that while the script is powerful on its own, in the midst of COVID-19 it has taken on a whole new importance.

“We will meet many characters who, despite great risk or loss, continue to help and support those afflicted,” she said. “To me, the play poignantly dramatizes the need and growth of community in the midst of much desperation, pain and fear. This theme is one that many of us have pondered during the past 17 months.”

Tickets are $14 for students and seniors, and $16 for adults. Please note the play contains mature themes and language.

Talk back sessions will take place at 6:45 p.m. before the Oct. 7 performance with the production team and after the Oct. 15 performance with the actors and Canaday Howard.

Cast members include Vaughan Beyer (LaGrange Park), Rowan Brandou (Naperville), Frankie Brummel (Lisle), Elmeka Elme (Aurora), Luke Hernandez (Wheaton), Nick IIo (Lisle), Alyson Meyers (Warrenville), Kailey Nelson (Aurora), Andrew O’Connor (Woodridge), Olivia Reamer (Elmhurst), Luke Risch (St. Charles), Monica Rosales (LaGrange Park), Vinny Scanio (Glendale Heights), Chris Talia (Carol Stream), Christopher Yee (Naperville) and Josh Keske (Aurora.)

Support for College Theater is made possible by a generous gift from the College of DuPage Foundation’s Dr. Donald and Helen (Gum) Westlake Fund for Student Productions.

For more information, visit College Theater at College of DuPage.