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‘Gaslight’ set for this weekend

By Amber Taylor
Vincennes University’s Theater Program is ushering a classic into modern times with its new play, “Gaslight.”

Originally written by Patrick Hamilton, the play is set in 1910 London and tells the story of a husband gaslighting his wife into thinking she is going insane.

Kendra Clauser, program chair for the theater program and artistic director for the show said, “we thought this would be an interesting play to do since the term gaslighting is so popular and this was where the term originated from.”

Clauser says they have prepared for this play since December 2023.

Jacqueline Zimmerman,who is responsible for the sets, lights, and props for all theater shows, introduced the idea for particular play after reading copies of it

“Humans are the same whether its now or Neanderthal times,” she said, “and we all have the same issues whether we have plumbing or not.

“Looking at toxic relationships, someone could be in a situation and not realize it and seeing it from a healthy outside perspective can help. We really care about those issues and want to make sure that we bring them to light and talk about them,” she said.

“Gaslight” opened to audiences on Thursday. It continues at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Students, faculty, alumni, parents, and future students are all welcome attend the show, which is being held at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are free for VU students and employees, $12 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, and $5 for
other students.

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