University Theater presents Rainbow Bar comedy/drama

Among those starring in University Theater's production of Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille are, from the left, YSU students Connor Bezeredi, Kayla Boye and Joe Pascarella.

University Theater’s production of the comedy/drama “Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grille” opens Thursday, April 5 and runs for two weekends in the Spotlight Arena Theater in Bliss Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The show runs April 5, 6 and 7 and April 12, 13, 14 and 15. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday matinee performance is at 3 p.m. Patrons should note that there are two Thursday performances for this run and only one Sunday performance due to Easter.

All seats in Spotlight Theater are general admission, so patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets early.

The cast includes Connor Bezeredi of Salem, Ohio, as Joe; Kayla Boye of Warren, Ohio, as Virginia; Josh Fleming of Canfield, Ohio, as Bullard; Tony Genovese of West Middlesex, Pa., as Willy; Patrick Hobby of Poland, Ohio, as Roy; Joe Pascarella of Youngstown as Shep; and Jessica Schmidt of Salem, Ohio, as Shirley.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the University Theater Box Office at 330-941-3105. Tickets are free for YSU students with ID; $10 for adults; and $5 for senior citizens, YSU faculty/staff, high school and college students from other universities, Penguin Club members and YSU alumni.  Parking is available in the Wick Avenue parking deck for a nominal fee.

An opening night dinner will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at the MVR, 410 N. Walnut St. Tickets are $15 for season ticket holders and $20 for a dinner/theater ticket package for non-season ticket holders. Advance reservations and payment are mandatory by calling 330-941-3105. No walk-ins will be permitted.

Produced originally at the Philadelphia Festival for New Plays, “Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grille” is an offbeat variation on the saloon situation comedy. In the show, most of mankind has been destroyed by a world-wide cataclysm and various denizens of the bar are trying to decide what to do with what they think may be their last day on earth. Enter God in the guise of a travelling salesman who offers to spare the bartender if he will write a new Bible and get it right this time. The show is directed by Matthew Mazuroski, a faculty member in YSU’s Department of Theater and Dance.