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Sept. 24: Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Stages Leonid Andreyev's "He Who Gets Slapped," Sept. 30-Oct. 9

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Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama Stages
Leonid Andreyev’s “He Who Gets Slapped,” Sept. 30-Oct. 9

HeWhoGetsSlappedPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama will present Leonid Andreyev’s “He Who Gets Slapped,” under the direction of Associate Professor of Drama Tony McKay, Sept. 30 through Oct. 9 in CMU’s Philip Chosky Theatre. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with an additional matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Peter Cooke, head of the School of Drama said, “Tony McKay has created a magical, sensual and chilling production of this must see rarity. This is a high-wire piece of theater for all involved.”
Andreyev’s “He Who Gets Slapped” is a thrilling and powerful work that explores acceptance, social vanity and moral corruption. A man battles desperately to come to terms with his shadowy past and his failure to conform may inevitably lead to his public mortification and private destruction. Or could his indomitable spirit save them all?
“He Who Gets Slapped” is the first production in the School of Drama’s 2010-2011 season of plays which includes “Vanishing Point,” a new musical by Rob Hartmann and Liv Cummins; a new adaptation of Garcia Lorca’s “Barbarous Nights”; Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; William Finn’s Musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”; “Lulu,” a German play by Frank Wedekind originally banned for its questionable morality; and “The Alice Project,” being developed through a yearlong interdisciplinary collaboration. 
Students in the Dramaturgy Program will hold regular post-performance talkbacks with the audience, casts and crews following Tuesday evening performances. The dramaturgs also are available to discuss the plays with classes, student groups and public organizations. Contact Michael Chemers, dramaturgy option coordinator, at or 412-268-2399 to schedule a session with a dramaturg.  For more information on the 2010-2011 season of plays visit
Ticket prices begin at $15 for adults and $10 for students. For complete ticket prices, call the School of Drama Box Office at 412-268-2407 or visit   


Pictured above are cast members (l-r) Curtis Gillen, Kaile Torres, Arya Shahi and Catherine Urbanek. Photo by Louis Stein.