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PR # 3 July 16, 2008


The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) will present the performance group Strange Fruit as part of the QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Friday-Sunday, July 25-27 at Solberg Airport, Readington. Strange Fruit will present a performance of Swoon at the following times: July 25, at 4 and 6 p.m.; July 26, at 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; and July 27, at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The Melbourne-based Strange Fruit produces and performs remarkable work fusing theatre, dance and circus?all while swaying atop four-meter-high flexible poles. The concept for the movements was originally based on the image of a field of wheat swaying in the breeze. The poles? extreme strength and flexibility allow the performer to bow to impossible angles, swaying back and forth as the audience looks up in wonder. In Swoon , four daredevils tell a story of love, loss, joy and freedom.

The performance by Strange Fruit is honor of the Theatre?s upcoming 25th anniversary season. This year?s season will offer a new series, Tuesdays with Stories , which will feature great American literature performed by a solo actor. The series will begin September 16, at noon and 7 p.m., with a performance of The Secret Life of Bees , presented by an actor from The American Place Theatre.

For information about the QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, visit http://www.balloonfestival.com/ or call 800-HOTAIR9. For information about the Theatre?s anniversary season, call 908-725-3420 or visit www.rvccArts.org . In celebration of the anniversary, tickets for any of the Theatre?s public series may be purchased at 25 percent off, if bought before the September 16 presentation. When ordering online, use the pull-down menu, located next to the ticket price, to select the appropriate discount for each ticket.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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