Conservatory of Theatre Arts Presents "The Pig Iron People"- 3/29/13

Webster University Conservatory students act out a scene from "The Pig Iron People." They are, from left: Cody Jolly as Jack, Kurt Hellerich as Nick, and Dakota Mackey-McGee as April. Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts presents "The Pig Iron People" by John Doyle.  The production runs March 29-31, in the Emerson Studio Theatre in the Loretto Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Rd, St. Louis, Mo., 63119. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. only on Sunday. Admission is $12 for the general public and $6 for senior adults and students. For ticket reservations, call the Fine Arts Hotline at 314-968-7128.

The place is Australia in 1996. The winds of change begin to blow like a gale through the nation as a new government has taken the reins. "From now on people will have to make their own way in the world. People will no longer be rewarded for being weak. The madness is over and the people have spoken. This is what they want, this is what we voted for, and if you don't see it like me, then you are out of step. So get used to it." Nick's out of step; he's a writer. No writer has ever lived in Liberal Street before. And the residents are making sure he knows it. In this timely satire, John Doyle's infectious humor takes an affable, yet sublimely sharp tilt at an Australia we might easily recognize here as well.

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