Penelope Deen of Rye was part of the exceptional cast and crew from Baldwin Wallace University who invigorated Berea, Ohio, with their production of Tom Stoppard's Czech-centered "Rock 'N' Roll." Deen, a graduate of Rye High School majoring in acting, understudied the part of Lenka in the production.
Set to the soundtrack of greats like John Lennon and The Beach Boys, the story spans two decades and follows the rise and fall of Communist ideals within the characters' lives - both personal and political. Since the play closely follows the timeline of Czech history in the '60s, '70s and '80s and includes the Prague Spring, the creation of Charter 77 and the Velvet Revolution, dramaturg Pamela Decker worked with a team of students to help maintain the historical accuracy of the show. Regarding the context of the show, Decker stated, "While the revolution forms the backdrop of this play, 'Rock 'N' Roll' is above all a human drama interwoven with politics, poetry and of course, rock and roll music."
"Rock 'N' Roll" is one of an extensive number of performance experiences providing real-world opportunities for students at Baldwin Wallace University. Productions include plays, musicals, operas, music concerts and dance concerts. Details at bw.edu/events .
Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university of 4,000 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in more than 80 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area