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'Attack of the Monster Crabs'

Release date: March 01, 2012

Goucher College is presenting Attack of the Monster Crabs, an interdisciplinary multimedia production inspired by Roger Corman's B-movie classic, Attack of the Crab Monsters. Written by Goucher senior Kelsa Dine and choreographed by Dance Instructor Linda Garofalo, this comic nightmare explores the consequences of crab extinction in the Chesapeake Bay. 

Performances will be held March 1-3, at 8 p.m., in the Mildred Dunnock Theatre. Tickets can be reserved at 410-337-6512 or www.goucher.edu/theatretix. Sign language interpreting will be provided by student interns from the Interpreter Preparation Program at the Community College of Baltimore County.

The story focuses on characters plucked from the film — a romantically involved pair of environmental biologists, Martha and Dale. The couple has adventures on land and underwater, where crabs appear in phantasmagoric dance sequences, illuminated by action-film clips and oceanic theatre lighting. Their Darwinian struggle for survival becomes a battle of wills as the crabs turn their powers of mental thought projection, as depicted in Corman's film, upon the theatre audience. Finally, the play asks: As humans change the environment, how will nature takes its revenge?

In addition to the cast of student actors, there are cameo appearances by three professors, either in person or on film: Susan Frekko (anthropology), Jeffrey Myers (English), and Janet Shambaugh (biology). Attack of the Monster Crabs also includes film sequences and colorful crabs created by Goucher students Missy Ballinghoff and Aubrey Clinedinst, respectively, with lighting by Technical Director Mary Sykes and music by Professor Jeffrey Chappell.

Environmental Studies professors Elizabeth Chalecki and German Mora will lead post-performance discussions all three nights. The play is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Michael Dixon.  

In addition to the multimedia production, there will be a Monster Crab photography exhibit, titled "Schlock and Awe: Goucher Student Photographs Inspired by the Films of Roger Corman," in the Corrin Gallery from Monday, February 27, to Wednesday, March 7. The artwork that will be exhibited is by Goucher students in photography courses taught by Goucher professors Laura Burns and Ed Worteck.