USF School of Creative Arts Presenting “Picnic”


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News release from the University of Saint Francis:

USF School of Creative Arts Presenting “Picnic”

(February 11, 2015) — The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts invites the community to enjoy a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about youth, love, and desire. The William Inge classic “Picnic” will be presented Friday through Sunday, March 20-22 and 27-29, at the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne.

“Picnic” is set in a small town in Kansas and details the lives of “ordinary” Americans, from hopeful women and mothers to idealistic teenagers searching for meaning. Their lives are forever changed when a young man comes to town with animal vitality that upsets their entire group. This Pulitzer Prize play is written by William Inge, the author of “Bus Stop” and “Come Back, Little Sheba.” First performed on Broadway in 1953 and later adapted into a motion picture in 1955, “Picnic” will be directed by USF Assistant Professor Aaron Willoughby in his main stage directorial debut for the university.

Show times are as follows:

  • Friday, March 20 – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 21 – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 22 – 2 p.m.
  • Friday, March 27 – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 28 – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 29 – 2 p.m.

Doors will open 30 minutes before the show for general seating. Tickets are available through ArtsTix Community Box Office at 260-422-4226 or online anytime at Ticket prices are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 years or older and children under 18. Group rates of $11 per person are available to groups of 20 or more.

“Picnic” is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service (DPS). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by DPS, 440 Park Avenue South, New York, N.Y., 10016.


About the University of Saint Francis
The University of Saint Francis is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. Founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, USF offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, the university designs focused curriculum for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point, and online. Currently 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.



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