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Women take on big roles in JCU play

March 22nd, 2007
Jessica Benacquista and Bill DePetro gaze into each other’s eyes while rehearsing for “The Heidi Chronicles.”

Jessica Benacquista and Bill DePetro gaze into each other’s eyes while rehearsing for “The Heidi Chronicles.”

The John Carroll University Department of Communications and Theatre Arts will be performing “The Heidi Chronicles,” in Kulas Auditorium opening March 23 at 7:30 p.m.

“The Heidi Chronicles” is a play written by 20th century American playwright Wendy Wasserstein, first performed in 1988.

The plot follows Heidi Holland, played by senior Jessica Benacquista, from high school in the 1960’s to her career as an art historian 20 years later.

The play’s main themes deal with the changing role of women during this time. Heidi is a typical post World War II era woman who is well-educated and intelligent but must struggle to succeed in a male dominated society.

The play features many female roles, but there are two significant male characters; Peter Patrone, a homosexual pediatrician and Heidi’s best friend played by sophomore John Sauline and Scoop Rosenbaum, a magazine editor who is married but has affairs, played by senior, Bill DePetro. The characters of the play represent some sexual issues as well. Peter Patrone also has AIDs.

Senior Billy DePetro, as Scoop Rosenbaum, and freshman Emma Taylor as his wife, Lisa, put on happy faces for their wedding day even though they aren’t marrying for love.

Senior Billy DePetro, as Scoop Rosenbaum, and freshman Emma Taylor as his wife, Lisa, put on happy faces for their wedding day even though they aren’t marrying for love.

AIDs banners will be used in the play to support and raise awareness for this cause.

The play is directed by Martin Freidman. “The Heidi Chronicles” will run March 23, 24, 30, and 31 at 7:30 p.m. with the final showing on April the 1 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.