Students Present Tony-Award-Winning Musical "Urinetown"


(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA • April 17, 2017)—Students in Delaware County Community College’s theatre program will present the Tony-Award-winning musical Urinetown April 27 to 29 and May 4 to 6 at 7 p.m. in the Large Auditorium in the Academic Building on the Marple Campus (901 S. Media Line Road, Media, PA). Tickets are $10 and available at the door or online at www.dccc.edu/theatre.

Urinetown is a musical satire of capitalism, social irresponsibility, the legal system, politics and musical theatre itself.  Set in a Gotham-like city where a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets, citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.

“Plays and musicals provide us the opportunity to imagine a place that is different from the ‘real’ world we live in. Urinetown explores a world where a corrupt government benefits from the exploitation of its defenseless people,” says Beth Criscuolo, director. “In this world, the greedy are rewarded, as the poor get poorer. The only hope for the lower class is to ban together and refuse mistreatment by the higher-ups. Perhaps their strength in numbers can save them from their daily struggle to survive?”

The show was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won three, including best score. It also received three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Obie Awards and two Lucille Lortel Awards. Music and lyrics are by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics are by Greg Kotis. Criscuolo serves as play director with musical direction from Jeff Beiter.

The Theatre Arts department produces two plays each year and is committed to providing a comprehensive theatre education to students. In turn, the community can enjoy vibrant, thought-provoking productions right in their backyard. Prior productions have included Hands on a Hardbody, The Spitfire Grill and Buried Child. To learn more about the College’s Arts programming, visit www.dccc.edu/the-arts.

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