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Colonial Theatre Presents "The Rimers of Eldritch"

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pittsburgh -- Robert Morris University’s Colonial Theatre proudly presents Lanford Wilson’s The Rimers of Eldritch at Massey Hall at RMU's Moon Township campus Thursday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available through Student Life at 412-397-5408 or at the door the day of the show.

The Rimers of Eldritch follows the everyday lives of the citizens of Eldritch, after a traumatic event that involves an attack on one of the young girls in town and the murder of the town lunatic. Unbound by the limitations of the normal progression of time, The Rimers of Eldritch presents a murder mystery at its finest and most intriguing. The who and how are a given, but the why and how aren’t revealed until the final moments. The show offers unique insight on the personal lives of each townsperson while intermittently shedding light on the progression of the murder trial, the events leading up to the murder, and gatherings of the townspeople at church after the murder has taken place. The show is presented with the majority, if not all, of the characters on stage for the duration of the play.

“In any small town, there’s a feeling of suffocation; at any given moment someone is aware of someone else’s personal business and there’s no way to escape. The blocking really conveys these small town frustrations and feelings of crowdedness for me, on a personal level,” says Ellen Lichius, playing the role of Evelyn.

There is a timelessness about the content that allows the town of Eldritch to exist everywhere and nowhere; the people and the situations speak to everyone’s vision of home: the nuances, the first loves, and the dark secrets. The Rimers of Eldritch plays with time, poetry, and hymns to create a real and haunting “why-dun-it” that is sure to entertain.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.