Department of Theatre and Dance Presents “Wonder of the World”

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Lois (freshman Elizabeth Clever of Inwood, WV) demands her room service order from an aging bellhop (sophomore Bill Hensel of Greensburg, PA).

The West Virginia Wesleyan College Department of Theatre and Dance presents David Lindsay-Abaire’s hilarious play Wonder of the World.  The play will run from January 31 to February 2, and then again from February 8 to February 9 at 8 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. in Room 11 of the English Annex at the College.

The story is full of twists, turns, and outrageous moments that create a plot that will keep audiences on the edges of their seats.  Discovering a dirty secret in her husband’s sweater drawer, Cass flees to the honeymoon capitol of the world in a frantic search of the life she feels she missed out on. Her journey of self-discovery leads her to cross paths with a suicidal alcoholic, a pair of bickering private detectives, and a strange caper involving a gargantuan jar of peanut butter.  This play can be described as a dark, crazy, and wild ride for mature audiences.

Cass (senior Tiffany Renee Thompson of Brooklyn, NY)seduces the Captain (freshman James Wright of Inwood, WV) of the Maid of the Mist as they cruise under Niagara falls.

Senior Tiffany Renee Thompson plays Cass, freshman Elizabeth Clever plays the drunken Lois, senior Alex Richardson and sophomore Bill Hensel play the aging detectives, junior Caleb Waybright plays Cass’s abandoned husband, freshman James Wright plays Captain Mike, and the team of Bridget Bonamico, Sarah Hartman and Morgan Downing play all the other roles, including the furniture.

The New York Times states, “Hefty laughter.  David Lindsay-Abaire’s Wonder of the World is exceedingly whimsical and playfully wicked. Winning and genial. A top-drawer production.”

“People in psychic pain have never agonized so hilariously as in David Lindsay-Abaire’s revved-up, joyously zany play,” agrees the Washington Post, and the Associated Press says, “Wild and crazy. David Lindsay-Abaire delights in the demented.”

The show is directed by Gregory Mach with costume design by senior Angela Post, scenic design by senior Derrick Hardman, and lighting design by senior Matt Griffin.

Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 seniors and students, and $3 for the West Virginia Wesleyan community with an ID.  For more information, please Greg Mach at mach@wvwc.edu.  Seating is limited, so come early.

*This play deals with sexual situations and includes a great deal of profanity.

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