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McDaniel students stage George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’

Pygmalion poster
September 17, 2013

McDaniel College students perform in George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” directed by Elizabeth van den Berg, Theatre Arts chair at McDaniel, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-5 on stage in WMC Alumni Hall.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, and those with a McDaniel College ID. For ticket information, call 410-857-2448.

Based on classical myth, this legendary comedy of manners tells the story of wily Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and her transformation into a “proper lady” at the hands of snobbish speech professor Henry Higgins. “Pygmalion” was the basis of the acclaimed stage and movie musical “My Fair Lady.”  

“Shaw’s play is about transformation,” said van den Berg. “Shaw himself underwent some form of transformation, rising out of middle class alcoholic doldrums to relative prominence. His character Higgins transforms Eliza from dirty ‘prisoner of the gutters’ to a beautiful refined lady. I believe that language and the way we use it does have the power to transform, both the speaker and the listener. I hope our audiences are transformed by the power of this piece.”

The cast features juniors Daniel Valentin-Morales of Frederick, Md., as Professor Henry Higgins, Emily Wendler of Baltimore as Eliza Doolittle, and Kevin Anderson of Pikesville, Md., as Alfred Doolittle.

Others in the cast include seniors Alissa Beckett of Medford, N.J.; Kelsey Gondek of Avondale, Pa.; Elizabeth Maxman of New York; Megan McCargish of Reisterstown, Md.; and Elena Waller of Oakland, Calif.; juniors Adam Brett Greenhaus of Montclair, N.J., and Sarah Hull of Keedysville, Md.; sophomores Craig Corlis of Madeira Beach, Fla.; Josh Harding of Federalsburg, Md., and Jennifer Litzinger of West Windsor, N.J.; and freshmen Nia Gipson of Owings Mills, Md.; Jen Shillingburg of Oakland, Md.; Juliette White of Sykesville, Md., and Ben Zoghby of Midlothian, Va.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 410-857-2448.