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FAU’s Department of Theatre and Dance Presents ‘The Diviners’

BOCA RATON, FL (October 29, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of theatre and dance in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents Jim Leonard’s “The Diviners” from Friday, November 12  through Sunday, November 21, in the Studio One Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. Shows are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $20; students, faculty, staff, alumni and children under 12 may purchase tickets for $12; and group prices are available. Tickets may be purchased by visiting , by calling 800-564-9539 or at the theatre one hour prior to the performance. 

“The Diviners” is a compelling story set in the American poetic style. It has become a classic of rural Americana. It exposes the provincial beliefs that are so much a part of the fabric of our heritage as Americans. Winner of the American College Theatre Festival, it is the story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s. When the boy was young, he almost drowned. This trauma and the loss of his mother in the same accident left him deathly afraid of water. The preacher, set on breaking away from a long line of Kentucky family preachers, is determined not to do what he does best. He works as a mechanic for the boy's father. The town doesn't have a preacher, and the women try to persuade him to preach while he tries to help the child overcome his fear of water.

Variety magazine calls the play "a splendid drama by a playwright ... with poetic as well as human feeling." New York Magazine comments that “the play renders the humor and horror of the hinterlands with staggering accuracy.... Compelling." 

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit .

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