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Theatre: Mr. Pim Passes By

 

The Covenant College Department of Theatre will present A.A. Milne’s Mr. Pim Passes By on the Covenant stage, beginning February 17, 2017.

 

In addition to authoring the well-loved Winnie the Pooh stories, A.A. Milne was an accomplished playwright. Mr. Pim Passes By is the best known of Milne’s plays, and is a lighthearted yet serious depiction of the tensions between traditional and modern ways of viewing love, marriage, art, and pig farming. One of the show’s main themes is the battle between the heart and the law and between justice and mercy.

 

“Milne had a prolific and diverse career as a writer,” said Professor Camille Hallstrom, director of the play. “In addition to his children’s literature and plays, he had successful turns as a journalist, humorist, mystery writer, poet, and screenwriter. He served as assistant editor to Punch (the British satire magazine) for several years and was assigned to ‘sedentary work’ (i.e., writing war propaganda) during WWI. Looking back on his career he said ‘The only excuse which I have yet discovered for writing anything is that I want to write it; and I should be as proud to be delivered of a Telephone Directory con amore as I should be ashamed to create a Blank Verse Tragedy at the bidding of others.’ In other words, he excelled in writing what it was fun for him to write, not what others thought it was proper for him to write. And in so doing, he has provided—as all lovers of Pooh know—a corpus which is lighthearted and companionable yet gently insightful and comfortingly wise.”

 

Mr. Pim Passes By will run February 17, 18, and 24 at 8:00 p.m. and February 25 at 2:30 p.m. in the Sanderson Hall Auditorium on the Covenant College campus. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, and Covenant employees. Patrons are also encouraged to attend the dress rehearsal for the play on February 16 at 8:00 p.m. at a reduced ticket rate of $5 for adults and $3 for seniors, students, and Covenant employees. To reserve tickets or for more information you can contact the box office at 706.419.1051 or via email at boxoffice@covenant.edu.