The LSU Lab Theatre season will continue with Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 13-17, in the Studio Theatre in the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive on campus.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds is Paul Zindel’s semi-autobiographical play that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1971. The show takes journeys into the world of Tillie Hunsdorfer, a young girl filled with love, passion and a thirst for knowledge, despite a troubled home life.

This production will focus directly on the inherent hopefulness of the piece: the hope that a young girl in an impossibly hard situation is somehow able to find a way to a better life, through her natural passion for learning.

Considered Zindel’s masterpiece, the play is bitingly funny, extremely poignant and exceptionally hopeful.

“Our most definitive quality as people is our hope,” director Weston Twardowski said.

“Our desire to succeed, our belief that we can change the world or just our will to overcome life’s doldrums is what keep us going. To watch a young child find a caring teacher who can lead her to a brighter world, a bigger world than her poor, small home, forces us to rediscover the hope that lies within us — and who doesn’t need to rediscover the strength of the human spirit once in a while?”

The play deals with themes of abuse and may not be appropriate for young children.

Tickets are $10 and can only be purchased at the door.

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LSU Department of Theatre