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“The Shooting of Dan McGrew” to Be Presented July 31-Aug. 2

BOONE – Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present “The Shooting of Dan McGrew,” a one-man show adapted and performed by community artist-in-resident Wayne Clawson, on Sunday, July 31, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. in Valborg Theatre.

Tickets are $15 and $10 and can be reserved by calling the Department of Theatre and Dance at 262-3028.

“The Shooting of Dan McGrew” features pieces selected from the works of poet Robert Service. It will also feature anecdotes and historical background, delivered in Clawson’s usual humorous way. Clawson has been a fan of Robert Service for many years, and enjoys the challenge of bringing his poetry to life. Selections for the production were taken from popular Service collections including “Songs of a Sourdough,” “The Collected Works of Robert Service,” “More Collected Works” and “Later Collected Works.”

The scope of work spans from the early 1900s to 1958, when Service died. Clawson commented that while Service is known for his humor, his poems about war are extremely powerful and moving. “His experiences as an ambulance driver in World War I really had a profound effect on him. These are very timely pieces,” Clawson added.

Some of the featured poems include “The Padre,” which describes a boy found on the battlefield, and “The Ambulance Driver.”

The production will also feature Service’s humorous poems like “Bessie’s Boil,” and “The Three Bares,” both dealing with bawdy shenanigans involving the inhabitants of rural Scotland.

Clawson, whose previous shows include readings from Mark Twain and Sam Levinson, has earned rave reviews across the High Country.

After the initial performance at Appalachian, Clawson will take “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” to the South East Theatre Conference in Greensboro, a major regional conference that integrates theatre educators and theatre professionals. Clawson’s piece also is the Department of Theatre and Dance’s entry into the Fringe Theatre Festival.

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