FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Theatre will present Christopher Durang’s “The Actor’s Nightmare,” April 13-15.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s theatre. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Call the box office at 843-661-1365, Monday through Friday, between 1 and 5 p.m., for seating availability.
In the play, having casually wandered onstage, George is informed that one of the actors, Eddie, has been in an auto accident and George must replace him immediately. Apparently no one is sure of what play is being performed, but George (costumed as Hamlet) seems to find himself in the middle of a scene from “Private Lives,” surrounded by such luminaries as Sarah Siddons, Dame Ellen Terry and Henry Irving.
As he fumbles through one missed cue after another, the other actors shift to “Hamlet,” then a play by Samuel Beckett (“Endgame”), and then a climactic scene from what might well be “A Man for All Seasons”–by which time the disconcerted George has lost all sense of contact with his fellow performers.
Yet, in the closing moments of the play, he rises to the occasion and finally says the right lines – whereupon make-believe suddenly gives way to reality as the executioner’s ax - (meant for Sir Thomas More) – instead sends poor George to oblivion, denying him a well-earned curtain call.
The cast and crew of the play, by hometown, are:
Florence: Paullet Weaver (Meg), Matt Baker (Henry)
Pawleys Island: Vincent Triana (George Spelvin)
Quinby: Jessica Seaman (Sarah)
Sumter: Tiffany Holmes (Ellen)
Walterboro: Andrew Cogswell (assistant director/stage manager)
#166 / 4-5-06