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The Artists of Concordia Theatre Presents 'In the Soundless Awe'


The Artists of Concordia Theatre (A.C.T.) will perform “In the Soundless Awe” on October 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and October 14 at 2 p.m., in the Bergmann Theatre at Concordia University Chicago. CUC Theatre Professor Jayme McGhan directs the original script he co-wrote with CUC English Professor Andrew Pederson.

In July, 1945, somewhere between Guam and the Philippines, the U.S.S. Indianapolis was fired upon by a Japanese submarine, sinking the battleship and sending nine-hundred men in to the balmy shark-infested Pacific. Three hundred and sixteen men were pulled from the water five days later. In November, 1968, Captain Charles McVay III put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger after relentless, terrifying nightmares about the aftermath of the sinking.

“In the Soundless Awe” provides a unique perspective of post-traumatic stress disorder from inside the mind of a WWII veteran. The play was developed as part of a faculty research grant.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students with ID. Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased in advance by calling the Concordia University Chicago Theatre Box Office at 708-209-3469. The Concordia-Chicago campus is located at 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL. Free handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot north of the University parking structure off Bonnie Brae Street.

A.C.T. provides Concordia University Chicago students and community artists with a range of onstage and behind-the-scenes theatre experiences while presenting four major productions to the community each year.

In addition to “In the Soundless Awe,” the rest of A.C.T.’s 2012-2013 season features:

  • “Romeo and Juliet”: Directed by Jason Narvy; November 9-11 and 16-18.
  • “Talley’s Folly”: By Landford Wilson, directed by Andrew Pederson; February 15-17 and 22-24
  • “Cabaret”:  With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and directed by Rachel Edward Harvith; April 12-14 and 19-21

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