A movie poster for “The History Boys.”
Texas State’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present the Tony Award-winning play, “The History Boys,” in the PSH Foundation Studio Theatre Oct. 27-30 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 31 at 2 p.m.
The play centers around a group of history students in a boarding school with ambitions to get into a good university, play sports and maybe get a little sex. They are guided by an unconventional English teacher and a young history teacher, both of whom have their own ways of dealing with the students.
The play is directed by Katie Knapek, who said the themes and elements of the play should be somewhat familiar to a contemporary audience.
“That’s one of the things I like about this play — the audience is familiar with what the characters are going through,” Knapek said. “Do you learn for life or do you learn for a test to get into the best universities?”
The play, written by British playwright Alan Bennett, is set in England, but the problems of the boys are somewhat universal.
“I’ve seen the play performed twice, in London and on Broadway,” said Knapek. “There are no small characters. Even if the character has only three lines, they’re still an important part of the story.”
The characters in the play come from different backgrounds and religions, but their confusions and dilemmas are common to most all young male students.
“Theatre is a culture-based area of study,” said Knapek. “As the actors become these characters, they learn that people aren’t all that different even though we may come from different cultures.”
The play is for mature audiences. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for students.