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“Grace and Glorie” Sponsored by Appalachian’s Department of Theatre and Dance

grace.jpgBOONE–A cantankerous 90-year-old woman and a highly motivated Harvard MBA may not have very much in common, but the story that they present in Tom Ziegler’s “Grace and Glorie” is funny and heartwarming as they come to terms with each other and with life and death.

The play is sponsored by Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance July 31-Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Valborg Theatre on the Appalachian campus. Reservations may be made by calling the department office at (828) 262-3028.

Tickets will be on sale in the Valborg Theatre box office July 30-Aug. 2 from 1-5 p.m. or at the door.

Tickets are $12 for nonstudents and $8 for students.

“Grace and Glorie” is set in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It stars professional actresses Ruth Gottlieb Moore and Dewey Scott-Wiley from South Carolina.

The production originally was directed by Ellen Douglas Schlaefer for the Workshop Theatre in Columbia, S.C., and performed at the Abbeville Opera House in South Carolina during June.

Grace, played by Moore, is a feisty 90-year-old cancer patient. She has checked herself out of the hospital and returned to her beloved home, a rustic mountain cabin, to die alone. The volunteer hospice worker who arrives to deliver the pain medication that Grace willfully left behind is a sophisticated Harvard MBA recently transplanted with her lawyer husband to a rural part of Virginia from New York.

Gloria, called Glorie by Grace, is tense, unhappy and guilt ridden. Gloria’s only child was killed in an auto accident when she was driving.

The two women learn to accept, trust and finally love each other as Grace moves closer to death, and the destruction of her home and orchard by a developer.

A native New Yorker, Moore moved to Columbia in 1940 where she is well known as a stage, film and television actress.

Among her numerous roles she has performed in “On Golden Pond” and “Driving Miss Daisy.”

Scott-Wiley is an assistant professor of theatre at USC-Aiken. She has served as artistic director of Trustus Theatre where she continues to act and direct. Her most recent role was Claire in “Fuddy Meers.”

Schlaefer is a native of Columbia but travels the country directing numerous productions of plays and operas. She will arrive in Boone following a production of “South Pacific,” which she directed in Lewiston, N.Y.

The production will feature a new set and lighting designed by Appalachian theatre faculty members and created by theatre students. The setting for this production has been designed Keith Pugh and the lighting design is by Frank Mohler. Senior theatre major Tara Blake will be stage manager for the production.

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Picture Caption: Dewey Scott-Riley plays Gloria and Ruth Gottlieb Moore plays Grace in Tom Ziegler’s “Grace and Glorie, July 31-Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. in Appalachian State University’s Valborg Theatre. (Photo by Sidney J. Palmer, Portraits Plus)