Tickets on Sale for Top Secret and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Tickets are on sale Nov. 30 for two upcoming performances at Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (Pullo Center), Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers on Feb. 13, 2008, and the Broadway hit Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008.
Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, now on national tour, will be presented at the Pullo Center on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. The L.A. Theatre Works production of the play focuses on the ethical issues arising from the publication of the Pentagon papers, which detailed the history of the United States’ involvement in Vietnam from the end of WW II until 1968. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a high level researcher and former State Department official, obtained a copy of the secret papers and leaked them to the New York Times which began publishing excerpts from them. After the Nixon administration obtained an injunction against the New York Times, the Washington Post began its own publication of the papers.
Top Secret raises many ethical issues including governmental secrecy and deception, whistle-blowing, journalistic responsibility, and governmental responsibility and deception in justifying its actions in war. The issues raised by the play are especially timely now since many of the same issues have arisen with regard to the war in Iraq. The play is brought to York thanks to Penn State York’s Grumbacher Program on Ethics and Humanistic Studies funded by a generous grant from the Grumbacher Family Foundation.
L.A. Theatre Works brings this important period of history to life, starring Stacy Keach (cast is subject to change). Tickets for the performance are $29.
On a lighter note, the Broadway traveling tour of the hit Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is set to take the stage at the Pullo Center on Saturday, Feb 23 at 7:30 p.m. Set on the Riviera, this comedy follows two con artists as they take on the lifestyle of the rich and shameless and end up with a lot more than they bargained for. The New York Post called this show “one of the liveliest, funniest, best-performed musicals in years.” Tickets for the performance are $59.
For tickets and information on the variety of free and ticketed programs available at the Pullo Center, visit http://www.pullocenter.yk.psu.edu/ or call 717-505-8900. With seating for just over 1,000, the Pullo Center offers an intimate venue with full theatre capabilities. The theatre opened at the campus in August 2005.