In the Heart of America Featured at McPherson Theatre
Scene from In the Heart of America
September 18, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s McPherson Theatre will open its
2008-2009 season with playwright Naomi Wallace’s In the Heart of America. Performances will take place Tuesday, Sept. 30 – Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 5 at
2 p.m. in the McPherson Theatre (2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington).
In conjunction with the production, there will be a showing of the film In the
Valley of Elah with a discussion to follow on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. in the Beckman Auditorium
located in the basement of The Ames Library (1 Ames Plaza, Bloomington). The film
highlights issues surrounding veterans returning from the Iraq War including Post-Traumatic
Also complementing the production will be a discussion hosted by a panel of Iraq War
veterans on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6-7 p.m. located in Beckman Auditorium.
Directed by associate professor Sandra Lindberg, In the Heart of America examines war-related themes within the context of the Vietnam and Gulf Wars. The
play focuses on two soldiers’ experiences in the Gulf War featured in flashbacks.
The themes of their experiences also manifest in characters who were a part of another
conflict, the Vietnam War.
Tickets for In the Heart of America will be available beginning Monday, Sept. 22 at the box office of McPherson Theatre.
General admission is $8 for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday performances and
$10 for Friday and Saturday performances. Student tickets cost $1 with a valid student
For additional information or to reserve tickets in advance, contact the McPherson
Theatre box office at (309) 556-3232.
Cast Members: Tom Duncan (Craver Perry), Steve Gonabe (Remzi Saboura), Jessica Tidd (Fairouz Saboura),
Diane Teng (Lue Ming), Chris Olmstead (Boxler).
Production Team: Julie Allen (Assistant Director), Bernadette Brennan (Scenic Designer), Devin Clancy
(Costume Designer), Hallie Zieselman (Lighting Designer), Armie Thompson (Technical
Director), Kyle Urquhart (Stage Manager).
Contact: Heather Lindquist, ’09, (309) 556-3181