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Johns Hopkins Theatre Arts and Studies Program Presents ‘Kick the Can’

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February 27, 2013
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The Johns Hopkins University Theatre Arts and Studies Program will present “Kick the Can,” a play based on a novel by Jim Lehrer, with curtain times at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 7, 8 and 9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10. The four performances will be in the John Astin Theatre in the historic Merrick Barn on the university’s Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $13 for Senior Citizens (65+) and Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, alumni and retirees, and $5 for students with ID. Cash or check only. For reservations and information, call 410-516-5153 or e-mail JHUT@jhu.edu. The theatre’s Web site is http://krieger.jhu.edu/theatre-arts. Visitor parking on campus is available in the South Garage, 3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21218.

“Kick the Can” is a comic coming-of-age adventure that takes the audience on an unexpected and heartfelt journey. The play begins on an afternoon in 1950, when a teenage boy named Mack is watching some kids play kick-the-can. The can accidentally flies up and hits Mack’s left eye. He loses sight in the eye as a result, and the injury dashes both his dream of following in his father’s footsteps as a state highway patrolman in Kansas, or becoming a cross-country bus driver. With both dreams out of reach, Mack runs away to the Texas coast to become a pirate.

The cast includes 13 undergraduates and one guest artist who is a member of the Actors’ Equity theatrical union. The director is James Glossman, a longtime faculty member of the theatre program who also adapted the novel “Kick the Can.” A Q&A with journalist and novelist Jim Lehrer is planned in the John Astin Theatre, date and time TBA.

The Theatre Arts and Studies Program is celebrating its 11th season, nine of them in the historic Merrick Barn. Renowned actor John Astin, a Johns Hopkins alumnus, leads the theatre company and is director of the university’s Theatre Arts and Studies Program. In December 2011, in recognition of Astin’s 10-year anniversary of teaching, acting and directing at Johns Hopkins, the university named the recently renovated theatre in the Merrick Barn after the noted actor and teacher.

Astin is best known for the role of Gomez Addams on the television show “The Addams Family.” After earning a bachelor’s degree in drama in 1952 from Johns Hopkins, Astin spent a year as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota. He spent the rest of the decade in New York on and off Broadway. His first big break in film came with a part in “West Side Story.” His talent for comedy led him to roles in numerous television sitcoms and motion pictures. He received an Academy Award nomination for “Prelude,” a short film he wrote, produced and directed. Astin returned to Johns Hopkins in 2001 to teach acting and directing and to restore the undergraduate theatre program.

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