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Monday, August 09, 2010

Xavier Players Present “Closer”

An examination of Hook-Up Culture

At the end of the first week of classes at Xavier University, Xavier Players will present Patrick Marber’s Closer as part of the Week of Welcome program. Open also to the public, the shows are at 7:30 pm on August 27 & 28 and at 2 pm on August 29 in the Gallagher Student Center Studio Theatre. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door and can be ordered online by clicking here.

In Closer, four lives intertwine over the course of four and a half years in a densely plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal. In this world, the line between love, as desire, and hate is thin: endearments are followed by insults; embraces prepare for violence on all levels; and passion’s heat gives way to icy detachment.

Closer forces the audience to examine all dimensions of their own lives, even the ugly parts. But, they are able to see the rainbow through the rain. Closer explores the selfishness of desire when detached from love and commitment. Audience members see bits of themselves in the characters. Western theatre has traditionally called the audience to be more than spectators - to be participants in the drama.

“The play calls us, as life itself does, to deeper authenticity, to a reverence for personal integrity, and to the world of interrelation and interdependence that lies beyond mere hook-ups,” says director Bob Sauerbrey, adjunct theology faculty at Xavier. “Understanding our lifelong psycho-spiritual development is essential to the teaching of Theology. For students, sexuality pervades that development and cannot be separated from any other dimension of their lives. There is nothing casual about sex for those who perceive its power. ‘Hooking-up’ creates the illusion of intimacy without the commitment of love. Human relations degrade to mere gestures without significance.”

The Xavier Players strive to complement Xavier’s Catholic, Jesuit philosophy and form students intellectually, morally, spiritually, with rigor and compassion, toward lives of solidarity, service and success. Xavier believes critical inquiry, open discussion and diverse expression of ideas are essential to its educational mission.