Rutgers Theater Company presents student Lisa Huberman’s "Egyptology" Dec. 3-11

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In her wrenching new drama, Egyptology, Rutgers Emerging Artist Lisa Huberman charts Cate’s struggle to maintain a meaningful relationship with daughter Maddy, now residing with Cate’s ex, Sophie, and her devout Christian husband, Charles. Cate, a scholar of Ancient Egypt, draws upon the plucky spirit of her academic subject, Queen Hatshepsut, to see her through. Egyptology runs from Friday, December 3, through Saturday, December 11, 2010, at the Philip J. Levin Theater. Michelle Seaton directs.

“Hatshepsut is the ultimate powerful woman,” Huberman says of the female pharaoh. “She’s what we wish we could be on our better days. Cate wants to channel that.”

Hatshepsut, whose successor attempted to remove evidence of her reign, sympathizes with Cate’s plight to reclaim her place within the family, Huberman says: Cate is “in danger of being erased from her daughter’s life” as Sophie and Charles plan to transport Maddy across state lines.

Learning to live with ourselves, no matter how society labels us, can be a difficult task, according to Seaton, the play’s director.

“We are living in a world where fear, bullying and judgments can drive a person to murder or suicide,” Seaton says. “People are terrified to have the bravery it takes to be themselves and feel accepted in society. Perhaps the greatest challenge is summoning the courage to find those answers within ourselves.”

Egyptology runs from Friday, December 3, through Saturday, December 11. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for Rutgers alumni and employees and seniors and only $15 for students with valid ID. The Philip J. Levin Theater is in the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center, 85 George Street (between Route 18 and Ryders Lane), on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick. For more information about any Mason Gross event, visit www.masongross.rutgers.edu or call the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center ticket office at 732-932-7511. Direct all media inquiries to Laurie Granieri, 732-932-7591, ext. 516, or lgranieri@masongross.rutgers.edu.

Photo caption: Ashley N. Everage, Lacy J. Dunn, and Andy Nogasky