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Theatre Department to Perform "The Shadow Box"

November 15, 2010

The death and dying of a loved one is something that affects everyone at one point or another during their lives. In a poignant look at this tough subject, students in the Averett Theatre Department and Guest Director Fred Motley bring this to life in "The Shadow Box," which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-20 in Pritchett Auditorium.

"This is a very difficult piece," Motley said. "I have worked with Averett in the past and thought 'Oh yeah, I'd love to do it,'" when they asked me to guest direct. "It wasn't until I re-read the story that I realized it was a story I was living but didn't give it much thought. I realized cancer doesn't only affect the patients who have it; it affects the friends and family who have to take the journey with them. 'The Shadow Box' shows us the lives of people who will change forever."

"The Shadow Box" revolves around a trio of terminally ill patients, each of whom lives in a separate cottage at a hospice facility. The patients are being interviewed about death, which means the characters talk to the audience, as if they are the interviewer.

Motley, who has guest choreographed and guest directed for the theatre department before, "really, really wants to show empathy in this play for the caretakers," whom he considers the unsung heroes.

Tickets for the production, which may be purchased in advance or on the night of the performance, are $8 for adults and $6 for students/senior citizens. To purchase tickets in advance, call the Pritchett Auditorium Box Office at 434-791-5712. Seating is general admission.