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Evening of One Acts Presented in February

BOONE–An evening of one-act plays will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 18-21 in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre by Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Tickets are $4 and can be reserved in advance at the Valborg Theatre Box Office. For more information, call 262-3063.

The evening titled “Family Values: A Swing and A Miss” features “The Value of Names” by Jeffrey Sweet and “Lou Gehrig Did Not Die of Cancer” by Jason Miller

“The Value of Names” is directed by senior theatre education major Aliza Mendelewicz and stage managed by freshman Paula Schmitt.

It tells the tale of Benny and Leo, two old friends who turned against each other during the McCarthy era communist witch-hunts. Norma, Benny’s daughter, brings the men face to face after 30 years of estrangement. The play brings the pain of grudges and the idea of forgiveness into the spotlight, and ultimately asks if time does indeed heal all wounds.

Benny is played by freshman music education major Jordan Lance. Leo is played by senior theatre education major Roman Presnell. Norma is played by junior theatre major Claire Burke.

“Lou Gehrig Did Not Die of Cancer” is directed by senior theatre education major Jeremy Peterson and stage managed by freshman elementary education major Mary Ryan.

The play begins with Barbara Spinilli rehearsing lines for a community theatre play. Her husband, Victor Spinilli, coaches a boys’ baseball team, and his players are constantly interrupting Barbara. Victor has worked unsuccessfully for his father at Spinilli Spaghetti. He returns home to learn that his wife plans on leaving to pursue acting in New York. As soon as Barbara leaves for the theatre, Victor is visited by Mrs. Helen Martin, the mother of a boy on Victor’s baseball team. They begin to talk and reveal their troubled past.

Barbara is played by sophomore theatre major Jane Boggs. Victor is played by sophomore business education major George Hining. Helen is played by freshman secondary education/social science major Kendall Price.

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