R-rated play at college might have some thinking of Alfred Hitchcock

Singing and dancing will give way to darker roles and subjects with “The House of Correction” opening at Mesa State College.

The R-rated play is a student-run project and the directorial debut of Jessica Whelan, a junior.

Whelan, who has been an assistant director on two previous shows, said she picked this play because it may appeal to an audience that typically doesn’t attend theater shows. It isn’t a musical and it isn’t whimsical entertainment.

Members of the audience will have to pay attention as the characters play mind games on stage.

The play is about Carl and Marion, a married couple who welcome a stranger named Steve into their home. But unbeknownst to Carl and Marion, Steve has an agenda of revenge against those he thinks are responsible for his wife’s death.

Whelan equated parts of the dark comedy to an Alfred Hitchcock movie.

The curtains will go up on “House of Correction” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 4–6.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Mesa State box office or via phone at 255-5998.


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