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BRISTOL, Tenn., April 6, 2015 – King’s theatre club, the King University Players (KUP)
will present this year’s Dogwood play, “The Twelve Pound Look” by J. M. Barrie, on
Saturday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on the main campus in Bristol,
Tenn. A reception will be held at the conclusion of the play in honor of Elizabeth
Lee Dollar, associate professor and chair of the Theatre Department at King University.
Dollar will be relocating to Texas at the end of the spring 2015 semester.
Directed by King senior Theatre and Photography major Trung Phan, “The Twelve Pound
Look” tells the story of Harry Simms and how, on the eve of his knighthood, he considers
the great things he has achieved. A typist has been hired to answer the messages of
congratulation. She turns out to be Simms’ former wife, Kate, who was so oppressed
by his hardness and petty mindedness that she secretly learned to type and left him
as soon as she had earned 12 pounds, the price of a typewriter. She is quite contented
with her lot, and her fearlessness and humor contrast strongly with the cowed and
joyless expression of the second Lady Simms.
“Through this play, we are examining what is success – what is the most important
thing to a person,” says Phan. “You see both ends. It isn’t whether it is good or
bad; here are these two things, and which one is favorable? The play brings up questions
of whether a particular path is correct for someone’s life.
“The play demonstrates a movement into self-independence,” adds Phan. “By the end
of the play, you can see an effect taking place that begs the question, what is right?”
The King University Players performing “The Twelve Pound Look” include sophomore James
Laxton as Harry, senior Natasha Trombly as Kate, and ETSU senior Rebecca Ann Seaman
as Lady Simms.
Admission to the King University Players production of “The Twelve Pound Look” is
free. Performances will take place in the Fine Arts Building on King University’s
main campus in Bristol, Tenn., on Saturday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts
Theatre. For additional information, email Trung Phan at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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