Art shows and demanding drama showcase Penn State Abington students

Penn State Abington’s Spring Theater Showcase introduces “Machinal,” author Sophie Treadwell’s indictment of the dehumanization of the American worker. The play, loosely based on a sensational love triangle, is considered to be a high point of expressionist theater on the American stage.

The students, under the direction of associate professor of theatre Martha Kemper and production coordinator Steve Hatzai, have worked throughout the semester to create special audio and visual effects, utilizing a state-of-the-art sound system and projection screen. They are applying techniques pioneered by famed filmmaker Ken Burns and are creating multi-track sound files to accompany scenes in the play.

“Machinal” starts at 8 p.m. on April 21, 22 and 23 in 112 Woodland Building. Admission is $5 per person, payable at the door. The production is for mature audiences only.

-- Penn State Abington offers other cultural events both on- and off-campus this spring. Immerse yourself in the talent and artistic breadth of Penn State Abington students at the fifth annual Bertha Lear Student Art Exhibition in the Woodland Library. Visitors can see sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, printmaking and new media work before the event closes on April 27. Call 215-881-7424 for library hours.

-- The work of Penn State Abington senior art and integrative art majors is also on display through May 8 at the Abington Art Center, located at 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, Pa. Call the art center at 215-881-7800 for exhibition hours.

For information and a complete listing of events for the Abington Cultural Arts Series, call 215-881-7800 or visit online.