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Award-winning, student-written play to be presented Dec. 1-4

Rockefeller_t.jpgBOONE – Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents “The Pursuit of Mr. Rockefeller” Dec. 1-4 in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre.  All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for faculty and staff, and $6 for students.  Please note: This production contains strong language and adult themes and is not suitable for younger audiences.

Based on a true story, “The Pursuit of Mr. Rockefeller” details the investigation of Clark Rockefeller, a con-artist convicted of a double homicide. Written by Appalachian senior theatre major Jonathan Fitts, the play has won the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s David L. Shelton Full-Length Play Award, and as a result will be presented in its entirety at the national festival in Daytona Beach, Fla., in February 2011.

The American College Theatre Festival showcases productions from across the United States, offering workshops, activities, and regional-level award programs for participating students. A panel of three judges evaluates each production, and the top entries will be chosen to continue on to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., for presentation at the noncompetitive national festival in the spring.

“The Pursuit of Mr. Rockefeller” is directed by Joel Williams. John Marty is lighting designer; Alice Neff is costume designer. The 2010-11 theatre and dance season is sponsored by Boone Bagelry and Joe’s Italian Kitchen, and supported by Stick Boy Bread Company.

The box office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2-5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-5 p.m., and one hour prior to show time.  Patrons can purchase tickets in person, by phone at 828-262-3063, or online at

I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located in the lower level of I.G. Greer Hall, on the building’s east side. The entrance faces B.B. Dougherty Administration Building.  Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons, and the parking deck on Rivers Street.

Visit to view the department’s entire production season.