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Theatre University of Illinois Springfield




picnic by William Inge

Directed by Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

  • October 26, 27, 28, and November 1, 2, 3, 2007
  • 8PM, except Sunday October 28 at 2PM
  • Photo Gallery


  • Sunday, September 9 & Monday, September 10, 7PM-10PM
  • The Studio Theatre, Public Affairs Center (PAC) Level 1, UIS Campus


  • Tuesday, September 11, 7PM-10PM
  • The Studio Theatre, Public Affairs Center (PAC) Level 1, UIS Campus

Play Description

Drama, Full Length
(Info from Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)
Cast: 4 men, 7 women: 11 total
Setting: UNIT SET

Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize and the Critics Circle Award.

The Story

The play takes place on Labor day Weekend in the joint back yards of two middle-aged widows. The one house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder who is a spinster school teacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group. Hal is a most interesting character, a child of parents who ignored him, self-conscious of his failings and his position behind the eight ball. Flo is sensitively wary of temptations for her daughters. Madge, bored with being only a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises. Her sister, Millie, finds her balance for the first time through the stranger’s brief attention. And the spinster is stirred to make an issue out of the dangling courtship that has brightened her life in a dreary, minor way.

Leadership lived


University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407



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