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March 26, 2014

Contact Trevor Walker at trevor.walker@smuc.ac.uk

VITERBO UNIVERSITY TO PRESENT ARMS AND THE MAN AT THE WEBER CENTER APRIL 4–5, APRIL 11–13

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University will present George Bernard Shaw’s classic comedy Arms and the Man at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts Friday, April 4–Saturday, April 5 and Friday, April 11–Sunday, April 13.

First performed in London in 1894, Arms and the Man is set in Bulgaria during the Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1895. This Viterbo production is directed by Trevor Walker, a professor of drama at St. Mary’s University in England.

“In the play, Shaw satirizes both romanticism and cynicism and although it is set in Bulgaria, he is clearly writing about English society of the time,” Walker wrote in his director’s notes. “His main focus is to debunk romantic attitudes towards war, but throughout the course of the play all the pretensions of the various characters are exposed.”

Famous British author George Orwell wrote that Arms and the Man was “probably the wittiest play Shaw ever wrote, the most flawless technically, and in spite of being a very light comedy, the most telling.”

Arms and the Man is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. April 4–5 and April 11–12 and 2 p.m. April 13. Tickets are $20 for reserved seating. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit www.viterbo.edu/tickets.

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