Anderson, Indiana

AU theatre presents "Give 'em Hell, Harry"

Wed, 2012-04-18 08:46 -- univcomm
April 18, 2012

Anderson University theatre presents Samuel Gallu’s hit play, Give 'em Hell, Harry, a reminiscence on 20th century U.S. President Harry S. Truman. The play opens Thursday and runs April 19-21 and 26-28, with matinees on April 28 and 29.

harry2“Truman often said that he never saw himself as president, but rather as just an ordinary man,” said Director of Theatre Ronn Johnstone, who portrays Truman. “And it seems that’s just what the country needed in the challenging days after World War Two. Harry is a wonderful examination of this ordinary man from Missouri, who wasn’t afraid to ‘shoot from the lip’ and put himself on the line for what he believed in, not for what was necessary to win an election.”

Harry is an inviting and personal audience experience, like spending an evening with the president. We share in his greatest triumphs — over the KKK and organized greed — and his deepest challenges — The Bomb, MacArthur, McCarthy, and the “Red Scare.” More than history, Harry is an opportunity to meet the man and spend a few hours “back in the day” when someone had the courage to make “the buck stop here.”

Harry runs Thursday though Saturday, April 19-21 and April 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. each night, with matinee performances available the second weekend (Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.). Performances will be in Byrum Hall on the Anderson University campus. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, and $5 for students. For tickets or inquiries, contact Beth Doub at or (765) 641-4351.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.