Purple Masque to house Pulitzer winning play

By The Mercury

Kimberly Akimbo,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 18-20 in East Stadium’s Purple Masque Theatre at Kansas State University.

A comedy, the play is about Kimberly, a 16-year-old girl who must cope with a very out-of-the-ordinary physical disorder that causes her to age four and one-half times faster than normal. The humor comes in the antics of Kimberly’s dysfunctional suburban New Jersey family: a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father and a scam-artist aunt — all mixed with Kimberly’s own mortality and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.

The K-State Theatre production is directed by LeAnn Meyer, master’s student in theatre. Lighting design is by John Uthoff, assistant professor of theatre, and the university’s Introduction to Lighting Design class.

Tickets cost $4-$7, plus applicable taxes and fees. Discounts are available for students, faculty, staff, seniors and military families.

Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by calling 785-532-6428 during box office hours. Tickets also may be purchased at the Little Theater box office at the K-State Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday or online at

Students in the cast and crew includeNahshon Ruffin, senior in theatre, Manhattan, as Debra.

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