University Theatre's 'Bury the Dead' opens this weekend

“Bury the Dead” takes place during an unnamed war. It opens with a military burial detail going about its sad duties. The chaplains arrive to say prayers for the dead but then a groan is heard from the newly dug graves, and then another. Slowly the dead soldiers rise up, pleading not to be buried, asking to be allowed to rejoin the living. How does the military machine and the public react to this challenge to the way things have always been?

A modern classic, this moving and thought-provoking anti-war play challenges us all to think about the choices we make and the choices we allow others to make for us.

“Bury the Dead” is showing at the Rafters Theatre in Dutcher Hall on April 17, 23, 24 & 25 at 8 p.m. and April 18 & 26 at 2 p.m.

This event is open to the public. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $5 for students with ID when tickets are purchased in advanced ($7 for students with ID at the door). Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Student Memorial Center Ticket Office (Room 103, 21 S. George St., Millersville).

"Bury the Dead" tells the expressionist tale of six soldiers who refuse to be buried. (Katie Pryor/Snapper)
“Bury the Dead” tells the expressionist tale of six dead soldiers who refuse to be buried. (Katie Pryor/Snapper)