FVCC Theatre Opens 2011-2012 Season with Award-winning Equus

Flathead Valley Community College Theatre will open its 2011-2012 season with its riveting production of “Equus.”  One of the greatest contemporary scripts ever written, the play has captured a Tony Award for Best Play, a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Foreign Play and a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. 

Written by Peter Shaffer in 1973, “Equus” tells the fascinating story of a psychiatrist who attempts to treat a young man who has a pathological fascination with horses.  The play first opened in London and later on Broadway starring Anthony Hopkins and Peter Firth.  The play has been revived in various venues throughout the United States and Mexico but received the most press attention when the star of the “Harry Potter” film series Daniel Radcliffe took on the role of disturbed Alan Strang at the West End revival in London.

“Equus” is a psychological thriller. It is the tale of a normal, passionless person who is exposed to the extremity of dreams. It also is the tale of another person filled with the passion and pain of wanting to be normal.  It centers on overworked psychiatrist Dysart, played by FVCC Theatre Instructor Rich Haptonstall, and his acceptance of Strang, a new patient played by Aaron Tumer, which in turn immediately causes Dysart to question his profession, his faith and the core of his existence.

FVCC Theatre Director Joe Legate has waited nearly 35 years for this opportunity to direct “Equus.”

“This production is filled with imagery and subtext that adds complexity and meaning,” said Legate.  “The challenges for our actors are massive, insisting that the characters be examined and re-examined again and again.  For the audience, it will be a visual, auditory and intellectual buffet.”

Performances of “”Equus” will take place September 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. in the FVCC Theatre inside the Arts and Technology Building on the FVCC Kalispell campus.  Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens and students.  Advanced tickets are available at the FVCC Bookstore in Blake Hall and online at www.fvcc.edu/fvcctheatre.  Remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the FVCC Theatre Box Office one hour before showtime. 

The play is strongly recommended for mature audiences only.  The performances will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Patrons arriving late will not be seated once the performances have begun. 

For more information, contact Legate at 756-3906 or email jlegate@fvcc.edu.

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