Professors Collaborate on “A Bright Swarm of Beetles”

A Bright Swarm of Beetles, a world-premiere production written by Ursinus professor and professional playwright Don Zolidis and directed by Ursinus theater professor Domenick Scudera, is based on the career of Mikhail Bulgakov, one of the greatest writers of the Soviet Union. The play will be presented in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center’s Lenfest Theater on Feb. 22, 23, 24 and 25. Showtime each night is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $2 for students and senior citizens. For more information and ticket reservations, please call 610-409-3795.

A Bright Swarm of Beetles

Mikhail Bulgakov

The play, which is a wild, fast-paced journey, follows Bulgakov’s rollercoaster ride of success, from his beginnings in the Red revolution as a nearly homeless opium addict to the dizzying heights of literary stardom he enjoys before destitution strikes again when his work is denounced and banned. In the end, he has one final chance at redemption or collaboration with the sinister dictator Joseph Stalin.

Don Zolidis’s 38 published plays have been produced more than 1,600 times throughout all 50 states and 20 countries. They have appeared professionally at the Purple Rose Theatre, The Yellowtree Theatre, the Victory Theatre, The Bloomington Playwright’s Project, The Coterie Theatre, and many others. In 2004, he received the Princess Grace Award for playwriting for his play White Buffalo. He has received numerous other awards, including a New Voices Fellowship from The Ensemble Studio Theatre, and he was named the winner of Stage West’s Texas Playwriting competition.

Domenick Scudera has been at Ursinus since 1997. He received his B.A. with honors in English and in Fine Arts from Colgate University and his M.F.A. in Directing from Pennsylvania State University. In addition to teaching acting, directing and theater history, he has been an active professional theater artist since 1987. In the greater Philadelphia region, he regularly directs plays for many theaters, such as the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater and the Delaware Theater Company. He is a member and Resident Director of the Waitstaff Sketch Comedy Troupe. He has served in the administrations of several area theaters as well, including many years as Casting Director for the Wilma Theater. He is also a playwright whose work has been performed thousands of times by Historic Philadelphia Incorporated. As a performer, he has premiered his original work at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and performed nationally at various venues.