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King University’s Theatre Department has a long-standing tradition of presenting student-directed
theatrical productions. Nov. 7-9, The Paramount Center of the Arts in downtown Bristol,
Tenn., will host its first student-directed theatrical production by King University’s
Theatre Department. The audience will enjoy two chilling tales full of mystery and
intrigue as student director and senior Theatre major Jesse Allen Thomas leads “Sorry,
Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher and “The Lottery” by Brainerd Duffield based on
the story by Shirley Jackson.
“We are thrilled once again to collaborate with Paramount,” says Elizabeth Dollar,
associate professor of Theatre and director of King’s Theatre program. “Jesse has
chosen two challenging projects that not only fit well together but also will make
for an exceptionally entertaining evening. In addition to direction, the plays will
also include costume and set design by students. This is real world experience these
students are getting; it is their show. The experience Jesse and our other King students
are gaining as theatre artists can’t be measured.”
In November, the two one act plays will be performed together for a full evening of
spine tingling suspense. Included will be two school performances on Nov. 7-8 along
with general audience performances on Nov. 7-9.
The plays will serve as Thomas’ senior capstone project. “Being selected to direct
two theatrical productions at The Paramount Center for the Arts is truly a wonderful
opportunity,” says Thomas. “I feel tremendously blessed and grateful to have been
chosen by Professor Dollar and the Theatre Department. I am extremely excited to direct.
I encourage everyone to come see the production, which I hope will be an enjoyable
experience for all!”
The play “Sorry, Wrong Number” is a mystery thriller. It is the tale of a neurotic
invalid, whose only contact with the outside world is her phone. During the course
of a night, because of a crossed wire, she hears plans for a murder, which turns out
to be her own. Her frantic efforts to enlist help through the only means at her disposal,
her growing terror and realization of the truth, and (along the way) the hints about
her own life and personality she lets drop make this a full character portrait not
only of herself but of the unseen murderer, whose identity and motivations are surmised
but never revealed.
“The Lottery” was published originally in The New Yorker magazine. Having produced
an unprecedented reaction, this dramatization captures the story that has become an
internationally known classic. Like the story, the play starts as people are assembling
for the lottery. Only gradually do we begin to suspect the nature of the lottery as
the play builds swiftly to its crucial and moving climax.
Scenic design for the two plays is by senior Dyvon Passmore. Costume design is by
junior Natasha Trombly. Properties design is by 2013 alumna Glory Allison Cumbow.
The production stage manager is junior Wayne Thomas. Professor Elizabeth Dollar will
provide lighting design for the productions while Christopher R. Slaughter, associate
professor of Theatre, will provide sound design.
Tickets can be purchased at the Paramount Box Office, by calling 423-274-8920, or
by going to www.theparamountcenter.com. Adult tickets are $10.00; senior citizens are $8.00; and students are $5.00. Tickets
are free with a King University ID. For additional information, contact Elizabeth
Lee Dollar at 423.652.4839.
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