Lafayette, LA- The UL Department of Performing Arts presents William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Picnic March 17-19 at 7:30pm and March 20 at 2pm in Burke Theatre on the UL campus.

The play centers on Madge Owens, a young beauty from a small town in Kansas.  She is dating Alan Seymour, the most eligible young man in town.  Everyone around her tells her that if she manages to get Alan to marry her, all her troubles will be over.  But Madge isn't sure what she wants, in spite of the obvious advantages of such a match. Everyone's expectations are turned upside down when Hal Carter, an old college buddy of Alan's, arrives in town.  

Picnic was written in 1953 by William Inge, one of America's great realist playwrights. The original production ran for 477 performances on Broadway. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1953, and also won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play of the season. In addition, premier director Joshua Logan received the Tony Award for Best Director.

Historical note: Picnic was Paul Newman's Broadway debut. An unknown at the time, Newman campaigned heavily for the leading role of Hal, but director Joshua Logan did not think Newman was physically large enough to convey the lead character's athletic attributes. As a result, Ralph Meeker was given the role of Hal opposite Janice Rule as Madge. Newman played Alan while understudying the role of Hal. Newman eventually took over the lead role.

General admission to the play is $10, $5 for alumni, senior citizens and students, and free for UL students, faculty and staff. For more information, please visit the College of Arts website or call 337-482-6357.

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