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William Inge’s masterpiece, “Picnic” comes to the Maddox Theatre stage

09/27/2016 12:56 pm

Oct. 6–9, 2016, Thu-Sat @ 7:30 PM, Sun. @ 2:00 PM
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Rockford University – 5050 East State Street

$12 adults, $9 students and seniors
Order tickets online or reserve at, 815-226-4100



Directed by ‌Deborah Mogford, Performing Arts Chair, Professor of Performing Arts

Considered William Inge’s masterpiece, Picnic won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. On the morning of a Labor Day picnic emotions of joy, hope, longing, jealousy, anticipation, loneliness, love, and lust are ignited among the seemingly complacent townsfolk when a handsome drifter arrives in their small Kansas community.

Picnic is really a play about how you always want what you cannot have. Every character in it longs for something that is just beyond reach—beauty, marriage, respectability, economic security, true love, emotional peace. Inge writes warmly, with such sensitive, understated compassion about little people desperate for a place in a bigger world that his work is timeless” – New York Observer