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Anthony Clarvoe’s play The Living will be presented on April 26 and 27 and May 3 and 4 by Colby College’s Department of Theater and Dance. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in Strider Theater in the Runnals Building on the Waterville campus. Following the May 3 and 4 performances Clarvoe will be on hand to speak with the audience.

Directed by Dennis Barnett, visiting assistant professor of theater and dance, this 1991 play explores London society during the Great Plague of 1665. The Living focuses on the individual and social forces that affect strategies for surviving a crisis. Clarvoe’s script portrays the stories of individuals struggling to build a new community amid danger and personal loss. It was inspired by Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year, Samuel Pepys’s 1665 diaries and several other primary sources. Containing numerous parallels between the plague and AIDS, Clarvoe’s thought-provoking drama speaks to many contemporary issues and is ultimately filled with hope.

A popular and highly commended playwright, Clarvoe is also the author of two Silicon Valley comedies–“Pick Up Ax” and “Control, Alt, Delete”–as well as “Let’s Play Too,” “Walking Off the Roof” and “Show and Tell.” He has received fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim, W. Alton Jones, McKnight and Jerome Foundations; the Fund for American Plays and the National Endowment for the Arts.

General admission is $3; students and seniors are $2. For ticket information call the box office at 207-872-3358 between 4-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday of performance weeks. Or call 207-872-3388 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be reserved online at www.colby.edu/theater.