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Dark of the Moon Opens on U of M Mainstage April 15 University News
For release: March 22, 2010

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Dark of the Moon by Howard Richardson and William Berney opens on the U of M Mainstage on April 15 at 8 p.m. Additional shows are April 16 and 17, as well as April 22-24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $15. For ticket information, call the box office at (901) 678-2576. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 12:30 through 4 p.m.

Dark of the Moon is a dramatic stage play in the vein of Romeo and Juliet set in the Appalachian Mountains. Regarded as “one of the lost treasures of American Theatre” by some critics, and “a tender yet passionate look at love” by others, the play is build around the character of John, a witch boy who seeks to become human after falling in love with Barbara Allen, a human girl.

Originally written by Howard Richardson in 1939 as a dramatization of the folk song, The Ballad of Barbara Allen, it was first performed under the title Barbara Allen for a small audience at the University of Iowa in 1942. It was later edited/rewritten by Richardson's cousin, William Berney, and performed on Broadway under its current title in 1945.

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