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‘Elemeno Pea’ to stage at WCU Oct. 1-4

“Elemeno Pea,” a comedy set in Martha’s Vineyard that explores a wealthy world of infinity pools, Bentleys and yacht clubs with men in pink pants, will be staged at WCU from Wednesday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 4.

Martha’s Vineyard is the battlefield backdrop for the war of wills in the Western Carolina University School of Stage and Screen’s upcoming production of “Elemeno Pea,” which will be performed Oct. 1-4. Pictured from left are WCU students Madee Seagle, Emily Pears and Sarah Luckadoo. (Photo by WCU student Jesse Allard)

Martha’s Vineyard is the battlefield backdrop for the war of wills in the Western Carolina University School of Stage and Screen’s upcoming production of “Elemeno Pea,” which will be performed Oct. 1-4. Pictured from left are WCU students Madee Seagle, Emily Pears and Sarah Luckadoo. (Photo by WCU student Jesse Allard)

Show times are 7:30 p.m. each day with an additional 3 p.m. matinee on Oct. 4 at Hoey Auditorium.

Written by Molly Smith Metzler, the play premiered in 2011 and is “wickedly witty and ferociously funny,” said D.V. Caitlyn, director of the production at WCU and an associate professor of acting, directing, movement and combat.

“‘Elemeno Pea’ features a trio of intelligent, funny, remarkable women – all facing crucial moments in their lives – and is rife with humor coupled with intensely crucial stakes,” he said. Simone, an aspiring writer formerly of Buffalo, New York, is employed as a personal assistant to one of the island’s “trophy wives” when her older sister, Devon, comes for a weekend visit. Devon witnesses her younger sibling’s efforts to conform and fit into a world of luxury and possessions, and wages a “complicated war for nothing less than Simone’s very soul,” said Caitlyn.

The show is an exploration of status, ambition, regret and “the nature of mistakes and choice, and the big left and right turns we take in life,” said Caitlyn, quoting the playwright.

“For actors, ‘Elemeno Pea’ is an excellent opportunity to dig deep into the text and into character development,” he said. “For audiences, it is an alternately hilarious and moving story about the choices we make, the consequences of those choices and the unintended consequences in life that shape who we become.”

Individual tickets to the show, which contains adult language and content, are $16 for adults, $11 for seniors and WCU faculty and staff, and $7 (in advance) and $10 (day of show) for students.

To purchase tickets in advance, call the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or go online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

The play opens the WCU School of Stage and Screen’s Mainstage season for the 2014-15 academic year. For more information about the season, visit mainstage.wcu.edu (link no longer active) online or call the School of Stage and Screen at 828-227-7491. Tickets for the entire season also are available at the Bardo Arts Center box office.

By Teresa Killian Tate

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