Ivy Tech students take on dark comedy, ‘Mr. Marmalade,’ in October

Ivy Tech Student Productions tackles dark comedy, “Mr. Marmalade,” by Noah Haidle at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center on October 2-3 and 8-10 at 7:30 p.m.

“Mr. Marmalade,” featuring five Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington student cast members and three Indiana University students will be directed by Ivy Tech Waldron artistic director, Paul Daily. Current Ivy Tech student, Brennen Edwards, is in charge of lighting design and Ivy Tech alumna, Lily Walls, is costume designer.

“Mr. Marmalade” is a savage dark comedy for adult audiences, in which four-year old Lucy finds refuge in her imagination. Unfortunately it’s not much of a refuge, as her imaginary friend abuses his personal assistant and cocaine. Can five-year old Larry, the youngest suicide case in New Jersey’s history, help her find her place in the real world?

Ivy Tech Waldron artistic director, Paul Daily, says that “Mr. Marmalade” is an exploration of the power of imagination, and how we shape our lives through it. “The power of art to transform our lives and world through imagination is a magnificent and frightening one,” Daily said. “To say art merely holds a mirror up to reality denies the strength of imagination, and I prefer the responsibility inherent in admitting that art affects us.”

“Mr. Marmalade” tickets are $15 and $5 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets at the BCT box office at www.bctboxoffice.com.

Ivy Tech Student Cast:

Mr. Marmalade: Danny Woods, General Studies
Sookie (Lucy’s mother): Rhianna C. Jones, Paramedic Science and Early Childhood Education
Larry (Lucy’s 5-year old friend): Evan Pritchard, General Studies
Emily/Sunflower (Lucy’s babysitter/Larry’s imaginary friend): Marilyn White, General Studies
George (Emily’s boyfriend): Isaac Newsome, Nursing