Artists in Action: Drama unfolds on stage and online
by Hervey Folsom
Special to The Star
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There are many stories to be told this drama season — five, in fact, on the stage at JSU from October through June. Randy Blades, head of the drama department, announces a new season that includes a good-hearted comedy, a classic musical, a darkly funny drama and more to fill a year that should be varied and stimulating. And the YouTube curtain rose on some local talent Sept. 5 for the second episode in the “Om Sweet Home” series by Annistonian Meg Weidner.

To borrow a line from Shakespeare’s pen, “and thereby hangs a tale.”

‘The Curious Savage’ opens JSU drama season

Starting out the season with laughter, “The Curious Savage” is about a rich widow who wants to help others realize their dreams. But her stepchildren want her fortune for themselves. They commit Mrs. Savage to a sanatorium where she meets a group that seeks to protect her. The stepchildren are led on a lively chase as Mrs. Savage’s misfit-but-lovable friends prove that devotion and affection can be found in unusual places.

“Antigone” is next, opening Nov. 14. Jean Anouih’s adaptation of the Greek classic about a little character who refuses to compromise her spiritual and moral beliefs as King Creon has ordered was first performed in Nazi-controlled Paris in 1944.

“Its message is still important,” said Blades. “You can see it happening today.”

The department selected a crowd pleaser in putting “Kiss Me, Kate” on the season ticket. It’s a play within a play about a company presenting Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” the musical version, in a wonderfully complicated plot, according to the season brochure. Shakespeare’s stories can hardly be told without mistaken identities and “Kate” is no exception. The witty and entertaining musical opened in 1948 and won a Tony Award for its 1999 revival.

The modern classic drama “Fool for Love” opens May 15. The character May is hiding out in a hotel in the Mojave Desert, hoping to start a new life when Eddie, her childhood friend and lover, comes to win her back. But the audience will soon discover how the past haunts the couple. Because of the mature themes and adult language, this production is recommended for ages 18 and over.

“The Vanishing Point,” the 2013 Southern Playwrights award winner, takes us into the home and life of Paul St. Pé, a proud and stubborn shrimp boat captain who is trying to regain his bond with his two grown sons. His intent is good, but the family still struggles with the ideals of home and love.

Subscription tickets for adults are $41, $33 for senior citizens and JSU personnel and $27 for students and military. For more information, call 256-782-5623.

Second episode of web series premieres

“Little Truths” is the title of the second segment in “Om Sweet Home” by local filmmaker Meg Weidner.

It features Meg Weidner, Steve Campbell, yours truly Hervey Folsom, Lexie Weidner and Ben Matheny.

In it Weidner asks the questions: What little truths do we reveal or hide? What measures would we take to feel connected if we feel detached?

“There are many revelations and hopes to which the audience will relate,” Weidner explained.

The series centers on Ruth’s journey to find her best self after she is asked to teach aspects of world religion to a kindergarten class.

Filming locations for episodes 1 and 2 include The Peerless, Classic on Noble and Classic , Too!; Hamilton Park and Anniston Yoga Center.

To watch the video, go to YouTube and search “Om Sweet Home episode 1.”
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