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K-State Theatre presents '21st Century Carnival,' a devised play on the effects of social media

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

"21st Century Carnival"

The effects of social media are explored in "21st Century Carnival," which will be presented by K-State Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23 and 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the Purple Masque Theatre in West Stadium at Kansas State University.


MANHATTAN — The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Kansas State University will present "21st Century Carnival," a devised play, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Purple Masque Theatre in West Stadium.

"21st Century Carnival" explores social media as a carnival attraction and how the allure of a red bubble and the chime of a new notification draws people into a digital world. Social media sites have an allure that has become irresistible, particularly to young millennials who have never known life without a personal computer, said Ashley Blair, director of the play and a master's student in drama therapy from Wye Mills, Maryland.

As part of the program, the audience will have an opportunity to talk about their own social media experiences through a voluntary survey and/or through a talk-back that is planned after each performance.

Tickets are $9 for the general public; $7.75 for seniors, military, faculty and staff; and $5.75 for students and youth. They can be purchased online at k-state.edu/mtd/tickets or by calling 785-236-8638. Tickets may also be purchased one hour before each performance at the Purple Masque Theatre. All tickets, regardless of purchase method, include sales tax and are free from convenience fees.

The following Kansas State University students are part of the cast or crew for "21st Century Carnival":

Dalton Dunn, senior in horticulture, Abbyville.

From Greater Kansas City: David Grigsby Jr., sophomore in theatre and pre-optometry, and Chelsea Turner, senior in American ethnic studies and theatre, assistant director, both from Kansas City; Sydney Horton, freshman in secondary education, Leawood; Jackson Wilks, freshman in theatre, Olathe; and Sam Martin, sophomore in theatre, Overland Park.

Morgan Grote, junior in theatre, Junction City; Will Averna, senior in theatre, Leavenworth, set design.

From Manhattan: Emma Galitzer, senior theatre and French, dramaturg; Alex Kinsinger, junior in theatre, light design; Aaron Rojas, senior in theatre; and Gabrielle Smith, freshman in theatre, Manhattan, stage manager.

Sterling Oliver, senior in theatre, sound design/composition, and Karly Breshears, sophomore in elementary education and theatre, both from Marysville; Jacob Edelman-Dolan, junior in theatre, and Hunter Nelson, senior in English and theatre, dramaturg, both from Topeka.

From Wichita: Sara Powell, freshman in theatre; Ceslie Parker-Waller, junior in theatre; Kim Wong, junior in theatre.

From out of state: Anissa Davis, senior in theatre, Hastings, Nebraska, set design.


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Abbyville, Junction City, Kansas City, Leavenworth, Leawood, Manhattan, Marysville, Olathe, Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita, Kansas; Wye Mills, Maryland; and Hastings, Nebraska.

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