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“Scotland Road” Presented Feb. 23-28 at Appalachian “Scotland Road” Presented Feb. 23-28 at Appalachian

BOONE—Eighty years after the Titanic sinks a mysterious woman claiming to be a survivor of the shipwreck is discovered.

Her relationship between her doctor and interrogator is scrutinized in “Scotland Road,” a production of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University.

The play will be presented Feb. 23-28 in Valborg Theatre on campus at 8 each evening. Tickets are $6 for nonstudents and $4 for students and available at the theatre box office weekdays from 2-5 p.m. For more information call (828) 262-3063.

Jeffrey Hatcher’s drama is directed by department chair Dr. Susan Cole.

Hatcher penned the mystery in 1992 after reading the tabloid headline “Titanic Survivor Found on Iceberg.” In his words the play is about “a mysterious woman with a

secret. A rational man desperate to believe. A shared obsession. A locked room. Some twists, some turns. An iceberg. The Titanic.”

The work premiered in 1993 at the Cincinnati Playhouse.

“Scotland Road” takes its name from the central passageway that ran the length of the Titanic allowing crew members to pass from first class to steerage.

The play centers on a young woman who is found on an iceberg by fishermen in the North Atlantic. After her rescue she speaks only one word: Titanic. The woman Winifred, is taken to an isolated location on the coast of Maine where a man calling himself John Jacob Astor interrogates her. He becomes fixated on Winifred and is determined to expose her lie and discover her true identity.

Winifred’s doctor, Halbrech, battles Astor for control. She finds Frances Kittle, a recluse who claims to be the last survivor of the Titanic. Astor’s theories about Winifred’s story begin to unravel when she recognizes Kittle.

Barrett Gregory and Marjorie M. Wass play Astor and Halbrech, while Jessica Kaufman and Kristin Schreiber play Winifred and Kittle.

Adam Faw and Tara Blake appear as Astor’s servants, Kaspar and Dane.

The set, a close-quarters interrogation room, was designed by Randy Davis. Kelly Noice designed costumes. Lighting has been designed by Frank C. Mohler II, a professor in the theatre and dance department and the department’s lighting and scenic designer.

Technical director is Sarah E. Ross. Stage manager is Noah M. Jones, who is assisted by Jennifer Allman.

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