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Catawba College's Production of "Far Away" Will Shake Audience's Moral Sensibility

March 06, 2009

Category: Events, Theatre Arts

Far AwayDr. Woody Hood, a Catawba College professor of theatre arts and the director of Catawba's upcoming production of "Far Away," calls the play "a cautionary fairy tale" and describes it as "dark, scary, creepy and valuable."

"Far Away," by Caryl Churchill, will be offered at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25, and at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 26-28 in Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus. The production runs only 45 minutes.

With a minimal set, lights and sound are of upmost importance to the production, Hood explains. He says nothing about the production's costumes, except to describe them as a "surprise."

London's "Time Out" noted that "Far Away" and its three brief scenes recalled Pinter's "Party Time" and Orwell's "1984" and "Animal Farm."  The London "Sunday Times" described it as "an apocalyptic play" and wrote that it "packs the substance of several full-length dramas."

Set in a land "far away," the play will cause theatre-goers to ask, "Would I know when my civil liberties are being taken away?" and "Would I give them willingly?"

Far AwayCast members include Justin Tyler Lewis of Knoxville, Tenn., as Todd; Emilie Kuhar of Rockville, Md., as Joan; and Eleanor Withrow of Abingdon, Md. as Harper.

Crew members include Professor Chris Zink, lighting design; Professor Woody Hood, sound design; Chris Baglio of Hubert, sound engineer; Allen Jones of Greensboro, set designer; Kathryn "Katie" Alexander of Vidalia, Ga., stage manager; Rob White of Mechanicsville, Md., assistant stage manager; Meggie Bumgarner of Newton, costume designer; Claire Robinson of Houston, Texas, assistant costume designer; Amanda Lederer of Bradenton, Fla., costume second-hand; Quinn McRae of Hendersonville, lead electrician; Zach McRae of Hendersonville, lead carpenter; and Nicole Durant of Fairview, hair and makeup designer.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for all students and senior citizens. For more details, contact the Catawba College Theatre Box Office at (704) 637-4481.