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News : Bugs take center stage in Purdue vaudeville production

Bugs take center stage in Purdue vaudeville production
by Elise Brown Purdue News Service
Ad Infinitum Play

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Entomology and theater usually aren't subjects that go together, but in an upcoming vaudeville at Purdue University, the two will combine in an effort to integrate the disciplines of theater and science.

Students in academic disciplines across the university, including several from the College of Agriculture, will present "Ad Infinitum" at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 3 at the Mallett Theater in Pao Hall on Purdue's West Lafayette campus.

"Ad Infinitum" is a vaudeville inspired by "The Insect Play" written by the Brothers Capek. Focusing on the theme of "life goes on," the play uses poetry to express human feelings toward insects, said Tom Turpin, a professor in the Department of Entomology.

The play is the final project of the HONR 299 "Theater and Science" course at Purdue. The course focused on creating an experience for students that combined entomological study and artistic creation.

"The idea is to give students from both areas a chance
 to learn from each other as they explore the other disciplines," Turpin said. "It also gives a good insight into both areas when you are deciding how to portray 
the behavior of an insect through dance or song or acting."

Tickets for the play are free and available to the general public, but must be picked up in the theater main office in Pao Hall, Room 2165, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Purdue University Department of Theatre and the Department of Entomology, in association with the University Honors Program, is presenting the performance.