Nov. 14-18, the theater department will put on The Pride, a play that contrasts the gay experience in 1958 and 2008.

This tale by British playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell portrays romantic and platonic relationships through moments of loyalty and betrayal.

As they discover their personal identities, characters explore the power of love, lust and friendship.

Senior theater major Elizabeth Schneider will direct four Davidson student actors in this duel-era story of self-discovery.

On the 1958 side of the story, Philip is married to Sylvia, who is illustrating Oliver’s most recent children’s book.

The attraction between Philip and Oliver at their first meeting leaves all three characters wondering what to do about their tense, unspoken emotions.

In contrast, the 2008 story finds Philip and Oliver already in a relationship, with Sylvia as Oliver’s source of solace and consolation.

Campbell’s play explores the “then and now” of gender roles, and what it means to be gay in middle-class Western society.

Productions will be 7:30 p.m. through Nov. 17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18, in the Barber Theatre of the Cunningham Theatre Center.

General admission tickets cost $10, $8 for seniors, $7 for faculty and staff or $5 for students.

The performance contains graphic sexual violence and brief nudity, and it is recommended only for ages 17 and up.

Buy tickets online at or call 704-894-2135 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays for reservations.

The cast is Tom James as Philip, Megan Pratt as Sylvia, Allen Rigby as Oliver and Greg Thorn as other characters.

Department Technical Director Josh Peklo is lighting designer, with sound design by Sarah Welty.

Call 704-894-2930 for more information about the production.