Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bug at the Oakland

The Oakland Center for the Arts, 220 W. Boardman Street in Downtown Youngstown, is proud to announce its first show of 2009. Bug, written by Tracy Letts, opens Friday, February 20, at 8 P.M with a reception immediately following the performance. Local artist Gail Trunick, whose work was recently featured at The Butler Institute of American Art, is the featured Star Gallery artist.

Set in a seedy hotel room, this thriller centers on the blossoming relationship between Agnes, a divorced waitress, and Peter, a soft spoken Gulf War drifter. Agnes stays at a hotel in hopes of avoiding her physically abusive ex-husband, Jerry, who was just released from prison. On top of that, there’s a hidden bug infestation problem that has both Agnes and Peter dealing with scathing welts and festering sores. Their fears soon escalate to paranoia, conspiracy theories, and twisted psychological motives.

Robert Dennick Joki, known for such Oakland hits as The Full Monty, Bat Boy, and How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas, will direct. The cast includes Ron Aulet of Niles, Terri Labedz of Youngstown, Ric Panning of Hubbard, Lisa Skerkavich of Youngstown, and Jim Canacci of Boardman.

The show runs February 20, 21, 27, 28, March 5, 6, and 7 at 8:00 pm with a matinee on March 1 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 55 years and over, and $10 for students with valid ID. Group rates are also available for parties of 10 or more.

For reservations, please contact 330-746-0404. For additional information, cast photos, blogs and more, visit Also check for special discounts.

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