Former NFL Safety Will Tackle Theatre at PSU

In a feat that many believed to be impossible, former Houston Oilers safety Bo Eason will combine the worlds of football and dramatic theatre. Those hoping for an opera adaptation of Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch will have to keep waiting. No, the feat in question is Eason’s acclaimed one-man show, Runt of the Litter. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. on December 7 in Schwab Auditorium, with tickets having gone on sale this past Monday. The show is part of the upcoming season line-up of The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.

Runt of the Litter tells the story of Eason’s growing up in the shadow of older brother (and NFL Quarterback) Tony Eason. Bo Eason was able to accomplish his own athletic goals by sticking to his 20-year plan created at age 9. That is quite an impressive thing to do at an age when I was coming to blows over which starting Pokémon was the coolest (Charmander) (Editor’s Note: Squirtle).

The CPA’s marketing and communications director, Laura Sullivan, had this to say of the show:

Anyone can relate to this inspiring, emotional, motivational performance  that delivers the message to believe in yourself and work hard to achieve your dreams. We also felt that there would be a strong connection between Bo and fans of Penn State football.

Believing in yourself. Working hard. Football. That certainly is a list of things that Penn State students hold dear to their hearts, possibly with a slight change of order.

According to Sullivan, Bo Eason is quite the busy person even when not performing Runt of the Litter. He is currently working on a remake of the 1977 film Something for Joey, the story of Penn State’s John Cappelletti. Eason also plans to make a movie version of Runt of the Litter, with The Shawshank Redemption’s Frank Darabont as the producer.

Tickets for Runt of the Litter are $17 for Penn State students thanks to a grant from the University Park Allocation Committee. Tickets can be purchased online at The CPA’s site, by phone (814-863-0255), or at various ticket centers (Eisenhower Auditorium, the BJC, the HUB or Penn State Tickets Downtown).

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John Dempsey

John is a Junior majoring in Journalism from Hazleton, PA. He is so awesome that sharks dedicate a week to him. Likes: Video games, vigilante justice, irony, talking bears, Burt Reynolds, El Chupacabra, coloring books, chainsaws, and Australians. Dislikes: Zombies, clowns, zombie clowns, turtleneck sweaters, Apple, poor mustache grooming, nuclear winter, Roman architecture, guacamole, robots, LCD TVs, the color yellow, Velcro, ceiling fans, sprinklers, tornadoes, Belgians, squat thrusts, and romantic comedies.


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