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The Lycoming College Theatre Department will host Nancy Hasty's "Florida Girls," in the Mary L. Welch Theatre Sept. 28-29 at 8 p.m.
In the tradition of Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg, Hasty single handedly portrays 15 unique, hilarious and true-to-life characters in this one-woman play. Set in Crestview in 1965, it chronicles the small-town family life of a couple, their five daughters, two neighbor women, a set of tough teenage boys and a holy-rolling grandmother and her fundamentalist preacher. The action takes place during the week that the older girls enter the town beauty pageant.
Hasty's multiple works include three one-woman shows and five dramas, historical plays, musicals and a one-act play. Her shows have been performed off-Broadway, internationally, regionally and on tour. "Florida Girls" has toured across the U.S. at colleges and universities, theatres and festivals, and Hasty's newest play, "Lawnchairs," debuted at the Electric Theatre Company in Scranton, Pa., and earned her the first place Jerry Kaufman Playwriting Award. Her play, "The Director," ran for three months in Los Angeles and off-Broadway for six months.
Hasty is welcomed as part of the theatre department's guest artist series, which brings theatre professionals to campus each year to conduct workshops, speak to classes and perform alongside students in productions.
"Florida Girls" is recommended for all audiences. Tickets, available beginning Sept. 14, are free for Lycoming students, faculty and staff. General admission tickets are $10; student and senior tickets are $8. A special dinner and a show package will be offered for $18 per person on Sept. 28 in the Jane Shultz Room, Wertz Student Center. Advanced reservations required. For tickets, reservations or more information, call the box office, open 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, at 570-321-4048.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.