ELKHORN CITY — “Second Samuel” is now on stage at Artists Collaborative Theatre, under the direction of Stephanie Richards and Lauren Brooke Stewart.
Written by Pamela Parker and produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois, “Second Samuel” is a touching Southern comedy is about family, diversity, and strength with a unique blend of charm, wit and humor.
In the rebuilt town of Samuel, Ga., the men spend their leisure time at the local watering hole and the women are found gossiping at the beauty salon. Set in the late 1940s, it was a simpler time, especially in the south and specifically in a sleepy little town called Second Samuel. What had been called the Great Depression was quickly fading into memory. The war had been won, the election was now over, and Harry Truman was still president.
It had been an exciting time for sure, but the folks in “Second Samuel” were ready for things to settle down and get back to normal. It was then that one of the town’s most beloved citizens died and the inhabitants began preparing for the funeral. Their serenity was suddenly shattered when dark secrets were revealed and folks were in for a summer that they would never forget!
The cast of “Second Samuel” features Jason Justice as B Flat, Adam Adkins as Frisky, Douglas Howington as US, Brandon Spears as Mansel, Rodney Ruth as Mr. Mozel, Lauren Brooke Stewart as Omaha, Kaitlyn Howell as Jimmy Deeanne, Jenn Nichols as Ruby, Gloria Ratliff as Marcela, Larry F. Compton as Doc, Ken Spradlin as June, and Emily Damron as Mary Sue.
Crew members include Keeli Collins as stage manager and lighting operator, Zach Chaney as sound operator, and light, sound, and set design by Lauren Brooke Stewart.
Don’Performances will take place at ACT in Elkhorn City (207 N. Patty Loveless Drive) through Oct. 28. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $9 each and available at the door, by calling (606) 754-4228, or online at www.act4.org.
ACT is a state and regional award-winning, non-profit community theater located in Elkhorn City. The all-volunteer theater company celebrates local, Eastern Kentucky talent through the performing arts. It stages year-round programming that includes eight productions per year, plus an ongoing educational program that serves ages 5 to 95.