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Pendle theatre company to offer double bill of American drama
THERE’S a double bill of American drama on offer from Borderline Theatre Company next week.
The Pendle-based company is presenting Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story and The Last Nickel by Jane Shepard.
Albee is most famous for his play Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf?, but The Zoo Story was his debut and begins with what appears to be an innocent meeting between two strangers.
Peter is a middle class publishing executive with a wife, two daughters, two cats and a parakeet. Every Sunday afternoon he sits on the same bench in New York’s Central Park to enjoy reading in peace.
A chance meeting with social outcast Jerry sees havoc enter his mundane life thanks to the seemingly innocuous statement “I’ve been to the zoo today.”
Local actor and drama teacher Jon Ranwell directs this one-act work, with Liam Davies and Michael Craine taking the two roles.
The Last Nickel, also set in New York, centres around the lives of sisters Jamie and Jo.
In a bizarre nightly ritual, the pair re-enact the highs and lows of the shared experiences which helped to forge their particularly close bond, while at the same time one prepares the other to face a future in which they must inevitably go their separate ways.
A spokesman said: “It is an edgy, original play with a darkly funny humanity which explores a tender, brave and sometimes brutal search for meaning.”
Borderline regular Mark Cassidy directs with Gilly Grist and Leigh Palfreeman playing the sisters. They are joined by puppeteers Eleanor Jolley and Marie Cassidy.
The spokesman added: “The two plays complement each other very well and together offer an exciting and challenging evening at the theatre.”
n The Zoo Story/The Last Nickel, The ACE Centre, Nelson, Wednesday to Friday, September 11 to 13, 7.30pm. Call 01282 661080 to book tickets.
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