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The Insect Play

The Department of Entomology at Purdue University is celebrating one hundred years of excellence in discovery, learning, and engagement this year. In order to commemorate this Centennial Celebration, members of the department, in collaboration with the Department of Theatre and the Honors College, will present The Insect  Play by Karel and Josef Capek. This play was originally published in 1921 in Czechoslovakia, and incorporates elements of fable, revue, and satire, ensuring its appeal to a general audience and making it appropriate for all ages.

All but two of the characters in the play are insects that display human qualities and foibles. Although originally written by the Brothers Capek as a reflection on human society in the post-World War I era, the topics addressed in the play continue to resonate with audiences today.

Preview performances will take place on the Purdue University campus in Pao Hall at the Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre on Tuesday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 PM. In addition, there will be a Bug Bowl performance in Stewart Center at Eliza Fowler Hall on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 PM.

Admission to these performances is free, but you must have a ticket to attend. Tickets will be available in the Department of Entomology’s Main Office, Smith Hall, Room 100 or for more information call (765) 494-4554.