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Heaven or Hell? A Theatrical Debate

Monday performance stars BU Prof Jim Petosa, honors actor Rex Harrison

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Jim Petosa, director of the CFA school of theatre, is part of the cast of Don Juan in Hell. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

A one-night performance of George Bernard Shaw’s Don Juan in Hell at the Boston University Theatre on Monday, October 1, will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of actor Rex Harrison and benefit the College of Fine Arts.

The cast includes Philip Bosco, a Tony-winner and a well-known Shavian actor, Broadway veterans Barbara Andres and Robert Milli, and Jim Petosa, director of the CFA school of theatre. William Graham, Sr., who taught each of the actors at various points in his career, is the guest director.

Taken from the third act of Shaw’s Man and Superman, Don Juan in Hell is a dream sequence in which the devil debates Don Juan about the benefits of hell versus heaven.

Proceeds from the event will benefit CFA’s Sir Rex Harrison Scholarship Fund and the School of Theatre Production Enhancement Fund.

Don Juan in Hell will be performed on Monday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Boston University Theatre Mainstage, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. Tickets are $25. A postperformance dinner with the cast and with Harrison’s friends and family will take place in the theater’s Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210. For information about tickets to the dinner, call 617-353-7294.

Prior to the play’s performance, at 5:30 p.m., film critic Jeffrey Lyons will discuss Rex Harrison’s importance in the worlds of stage and screen at Mugar Memorial Library, 771 Commonwealth Ave. The lecture is sponsored by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center and the Friends of the Libraries of BU.

Click on the audio track below to hear Petosa speak about Monday’s performance.

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Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu.

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