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World’s first husband, wife travel through time

Written by Von Kennedy

 

Have you ever wanted to go back in time and see how the world began? Possibly change the past? On Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building, you will be able to travel with the people who shaped our planet, George and Maggie Antrobus of Excelsior, N.J.

The Skin of Our Teeth is a play about a married couple raising their children from the beginning of time.

It was created by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Thorton Wilder in 1942, a month after Pearl Harbor.

For a short stint, Wilder joined the Army in Rhode Island during World War I and volunteered at age 45 for service in WWII.

In 1943, the play won the Pulitzer for Best Drama.

Stars George and Maggie Antrobus have been married for over 5,000 years and have been responsible for creating the alphabet and surviving the apocalypse. Their characters are likened to the world’s first husband and wife, Adam and Eve because of the longevity of their relationship.

The two travel with their children Gladys and Henry and their maid Sabina. Henry is a bad boy who likes to throw rocks. Gladys is described as George and Maggie’s “perfect little princess,” and Sabina is the seductress who continuously breaks character and interrupts the play at every chance she gets.

Together, the family escapes one disaster scenario after another throughout time all while maintaining a comedic tone

“I absolutely love the script of this play,” Allison Carter-Wilson, 17, of Dacula, Ga., said about the play.

Carter-Wilson was visiting a family member who attends VSU and will stay to see the play on opening night.

“I read it when I auditioned for it in high school and fell in love with it,” Wilson said. “I didn’t get a role, but I would love to see if VSU could pull off its complexities.

Dr. Jimmy Bickerstaff, VSU theatre professor, is directing this version of the play.

The play will be shown on the second floor theater.

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