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The Last Call Players, a new theatre ensemble founded in 2013, announces their first
production “Animals Out Of Paper” by Pulitzer Prize winner Rajiv Joseph. The production
will run Thursday, May 30 through Saturday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m. at the second floor
space above CityMug on State Street in Bristol, Va. Originating members of The Last
Call Players include Liz Dollar, chair of the Performing Visual Arts department and
director of the Theatre program for King University, 2012 King alumnus Ian Charles,
and 2013 King alumnus Jenson Lavallee.
“Animals Out Of Paper” premiered in New York City in 2008 and was written by Rajiv
Joseph, a recent Pulitzer Prize winner for his play, “Bengal Tiger at the Bagdad Zoo.”
The New York Times stated, “Mr. Joseph’s observant, pitch-perfect script seems modest
at first, but is really quite ambitious, dealing ruthlessly (except in the semi-upbeat
ending) with the fragility of happiness, the tragedy of impulsiveness and the tenuousness
The story centers on Ilana, played by Liz Dollar, an origami artist who is getting
divorced, loses her long-time dog, and can't bring herself to fold anymore paper.
Enter Andy, played by Ian Charles, a high school math teacher and origami enthusiast
who admires Ilana's work. He wants to introduce her to his student, Suresh, played
by Jenson Lavallee, a brilliant but troubled young man who is an origami genius.
When Ilana takes Suresh on as an apprentice the drama unfolds as they learn from each
The Last Call Players is an actor's ensemble founded with the goal of bringing new
stories about human relationships from new playwrights to the audience in an intimate
and immersive environment. The focus is on the connection between the audience and
the story with nothing getting in the way of that contact. Charles, Dollar, and Lavallee
came together with the promise to serve the audience, tell the story, and be fearless.
“It was time to put my money where my mouth was,” stated Dollar. “I have been encouraging
my students for years to make theatre without limits, but I needed to do it, too.”
Animals Out Of Paper will run Thursday, May 30 through Saturday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m.
in the second floor space above CityMug on State Street in downtown Bristol, Va. Tickets
are available at www.lastcallplayers.com and at the door. Tickets are $10.00 for general admission and $5.00 for students
at the door.
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