• Theatre Department Celebrates the '60s in "Hair"

3/21/2008

The Suffolk University Theatre Department presents Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, April 10-13, 2008 in the C. Walsh Theatre. The production coincides with the 40th anniversary of the hit musical’s run on Broadway.

Hair, written at the height of the Vietnam War, chronicles a group of flower children in their struggle against the draft, the War, and in support of their bohemian community. The popularity of the show has been in no small part to the controversy it caused for its portrayal of drug use, sex, desecration of the flag, homosexuality, interracial relationships and nudity. No subject is taboo in Hair. The original touring production was banned in Boston in early 1970 – leading to a landmark court decision that declared protection for live theatre under the First Amendment. A lot has changed in 40 years, but the relevancy of the musical’s central themes today like political activism, youthful idealism and the importance of pop culture are undeniable. 

“Every generation can relate to alienation and teen-age angst,” says the show’s director and chair of the Theatre Department, Marilyn Plotkins. “But, particularly now, I think our kids can understand what it feels like to be embroiled in what feels like an endless, unpopular war, to feel disenfranchised from the Adult political world, and I think they struggle with how to combat that helplessness.” 

To further enhance the connection between 1968 and today, the Theatre Department will host Revolution Revised: Reflections and Connections of 1968/2008, a panel discussion with Suffolk faculty and friends on Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 4PM in the C. Walsh Theatre. The panel is free and open to the public.

Hair runs April 10-13, 2008 Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday & Sunday at 3pm in the C. Walsh Theatre, located at 55 Temple Street, Beacon Hill, Boston. General Admission tickets are $15 and $5 for seniors, students and Suffolk University Community Members with valid ID. Thursday, April 10 is Neighborhood Night: Neighbors pay only $5! To purchase tickets, please call Brown Paper Tickets at 1800-838-3006 or visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/. Please note: this production contains adult themes and language that may not be suitable for all audiences.

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Book & Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermot
Produced for the Broadway Stage by Michael Butler
Originally Produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre
Directed by Marilyn Plotkins

April 10-13, 2008
Thursday-Saturday 8PM
Saturday & Sunday 3PM
C. Walsh Theatre

 

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