'Over the Tavern' comes to the HCC stage

The Highland Community College Theatre Department will present Tom Dudzick's "Over the Tavern." Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26; Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 in the Fine Arts Theatre, located in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center.

This is a captivating family comedy that was written 20 years ago with the story of a beguiling family, with a depiction of 1959 Americana. It's the story of the intelligent, wisecracking, 12-year-old Rudy Pazinski, who believe that God put us on the earth to "have fun," and he wonders why his working class, Polish-Catholic family isn't having any fun. While Rudy shops for a more "fun" religion, life in the world begins to make sense to him. He challenges his teachers, exasperates his parents, and learns a lot about God, family, and growing up in Buffalo, New York.

Dudzick said he is pleased to know a play he wrote 20 years ago is still relatable today. The story is fictional, but representative of his own childhood, and born from him telling stories that made people laugh. It was through this laughter he wrote the play.

"It's hard for me to wrap my head around that people relate to this fiction from my childhood," Dudzick said. "Even though it's a lot about Catholicism, it's really about the love of family, and I think many people will find something in this play that may represent a part of their own family."

"Over the Tavern" is under the direction of Mark Jansen.

Tickets are on sale at the Highland Box Office. Tickets are $6 for students; $8 for seniors and $10 for adults. For reservations call 815.599.3718 or visit for more information.

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