Tickets are on sale now for University of the Cumberlands (UC) theatre department’s spring play Paragon Springs, a social drama set in a small Wisconsin town in the 1920s. Performances will be held April 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. and April 15 at 2 p.m. in the Kohn Theatre on Cumberlands’ campus. Tickets cost $10 for community members and $5 for students.

Paragon Springs, written by Steven Dietz, is an American re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. In the play, the small town of Paragon Springs has become famous for its “healing waters.” But the water has somehow been poisoned, causing a number of social, economic, and ethical dilemmas for the town’s residents.

“Oddly enough, there was recently a CNN special about how Martin County in Kentucky doesn’t have clean water either,” said Dr. Kim Miller, Director of UC Theatre.  “The news story caught my eye, and I was surprised at how close to home Paragon Springs hits right now. I chose the play because it had good roles for our current students, but it also speaks to our neighbors’ lives.”

The Paragon Springs cast list is as follows:

Dr. Thomas StockmanFoster Colvin (Baxter, KY)
Katrina StockmanKatelyn Lewis (Powell, TN)
Lorna StockmanLeShae Smiddy (Emlyn, KY)
Peter StockmanNick Kidd (Monticello, KY)
Erik HovstadSam Kozee (Sandyhook, KY)
Lars HovstadSimon Robinson (Oneida, KY)
OdegardRiver Phillippe (Independence, KY)
Hollis LindgrenCaleb Potts (Smithfield, KY)
Rose LindgrenKristin Lorenz (Evendale, OH)


To purchase tickets, contact University of the Cumberlands’ theater department’s box office at 606-539-4535.

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