Purdue University theatre presents “Six Degrees of Separation” from October 25-28, an event that is open to the general public.
Based on a true story, “Six Degrees of Separation” is a story about a con man, Paul, who manages to gain access to Ouisa and Flan Kittredge’s lives, a wealthy New York couple. He does this by telling the couple he knows their son from college. He claims that he was beaten and robbed, which gains the couple’s sympathy. Paul uses many tactics to deceive the couple in obtaining access to their wealth.
The production reveals a lot about the way in which people relate to one another in the world. Kristine Holtvedt, associate professor of theatre and head of acting at Purdue University, and director for this production commented in a Purdue University press release, “The unveiling of this deception, though painful for all involved, shows much about the nature of relationships. The play addresses the issue both comically and seriously.”
The play is based on the theory that any one person is no more than six steps away from any other person in the world. In fact, according to Wikipedia, research in 2001 by Duncan Watts provides some evidence for the six degrees of separation principle. In his study, Watts used the Internet in 154 countries, 48,000 senders, and 19 targets to deliver e-mail messages. He found in his analyses that the average number of intermediaries was six; however, six intermediaries was not the highest number of intermediaries for getting the messages delivered to the targets.
“Six Degrees of Separation” was written by John Guare and debuted in 1990. Later, in 1993, the play was adapted for movie production. The film features Will Smith, acting as Paul, Stockard Charming, acting as Ouisa Kittredge, and Donald Sutherland, acting as Flan Kittredge.
The play “Six Degrees of Separation” received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Oliver Award for the Best Play.
Purdue University will present “Six Degrees of Separation” from October 25-28, 2007, with performances starting at 7:30pm each night. Two matinee performances will take place on October 27 and 28 at 3pm. The play will take place at the Carole and Gordon Mallet Theatre.
Tickets are being sold for $10.50 to the general public and $8.50 apiece for students. You may purchase tickets at the Stewart Center, Elliot and Yue-Kong Pao Hall box office or by phone: 765-494-3933.
For more information about this event, please visit the Purdue University home page at: www.purdue.edu.
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