Community Concerts, Gaslight Theatre present East Coast premiere of Clarks Summit playwright Rachel Luann Strayer’s ‘Drowning Ophelia’ at Lackawanna College

For Abington Journal | January 25th, 2016 2:47 pm

SCRANTON — Community Concerts at Lackawanna College will close its 88th season, sponsored by the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, with Gaslight Theatre Company’s original production of “Drowning Ophelia.”

Gaslight Theatre Company returns to the Community Concerts stage for the sixth consecutive year with this East Coast premiere by Clarks Summit playwright Rachel Luann Strayer.

In the play, Jane doesn’t know what to do with the literary character, who has taken up residence in her bathtub. She doesn’t want Ophelia interrupting the obsessive order of her life with obnoxious songs about death and valentines, disrupting her relationship with Edmund, or stirring up memories of a brother she would rather forget. But Ophelia doesn’t care about what Jane wants, so much as what she needs.

As Jane’s past intrudes dangerously on her present, it becomes clear that Ophelia is not simply a character from Hamlet, but a long-forgotten messenger with a question from Jane’s own troubled mind: How do you move on when reconciliation is not an option?

The play will be presented at at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 28-30, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31. Single tickets are available for $12 and $15 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 570-955-1455 or through the box office, located at Lackawanna College in Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St., Scranton.

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‘Drowning Ophelia’ takes Lackawanna College stage Jan. 28-31

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