Young Producers Organization presents ‘Armitage’; hosts fundraiser gala

Freshman Abbey Seatherson speaks with Jacob Brooks at rehearsal for the YPO's performance of Armitage. The play will be showing March 8th and 9th at 8PM and March 9th and 10th at 2PM.
Freshman Abbey Seatherson speaks with Jacob Brooks at rehearsal for the YPO’s performance of Armitage. The play will be showing March 8th and 9th at 8PM and March 9th and 10th at 2PM.

Armitage is two things: a village in England, and a play being performed at the University Center for the Arts by the Young Producers Organization this weekend.

The play’s director and part-time theatre and cultural anthropology major, Jessie Howard, struggled to summarize the play. “It’s one of a cycle of plays about a family … made up of fragments from a woman’s diary, her father’s memories.”

The play’s page on Facebook describes it as a tale of “desperate love and suspicious deaths, of desire, murder, madness, grief and terror.” Essentially, it’s a play about a family.

That’s not to say it’s family-friendly.

“We’ve requested people not bring small children; there’s a lot of language, violence and incestual sexual referencing,” said Howard.

Of those who may attend, Howard said the play would appeal to anyone who enjoys a good book.

“It’s fantastically written,” she said.

YPO is also putting on their fifth annual fundraiser gala.

“We want to get the community and other people, other theatre and dance and music majors, involved,” said YPO Financial Director Sarah Taylor.

Taylor said the purpose of the gala is to raise money for YPO so it can put on more shows. There will be a scavenger hunt, a showing of a film by YPO, a design expo and a silent auction for creations made by YPO members. Items being auctioned include artwork and objects made in art and costumes classes.

“One girl gave me a purse she made to be auctioned,” Taylor gave as an example. “Things will be pretty cheap, so they’ll be affordable to college students.”

“It’ll be fun. It’s an odd part of the day when most people have nothing to do,” said Taylor. This event is family-friendly.