Thu, September 25, 20147:30 AM
NOC opens theatre season
What’s more fun than bowling? The Northern Oklahoma College Fine Arts Division has the answer with the first theatre production of the 2014-15 season, opening Thursday, Sept. 25.
More Fun Than Bowling runs Sept. 25 through Sept. 28 in the Kinzer Performing Arts Center. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. Tickets will be available at the box office before each performance and admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and free for Northern employees and students with valid NOC ID.
Billed as a philosophical comedy, the play features Braden Johnson of Blackwell as Jake Tomlinson, paranoid owner of the Dust Bowl in Turtle Rapids, a small Midwestern town. Marcy Hudson, Blackwell, plays Jake’s perceptive teen-aged daughter Molly. Olivia White, Kingston, is Jake’s second wife, witty and down-to-earth Lois, and Kara Williams, Ponca City, portrays Jake’s third wife, sweet and simple Loretta. Ryan Brown, Ponca City, appears as Mister Dyson, a mysterious gun-toting chauffeur.
Action takes place in, of all settings, a hilltop cemetery where Jake considers the ups and downs of his life, spurred on by visits from Molly and (in dreams and memories) from his deceased wives, both of whom met untimely ends in freak accidents. Mysterious Mr. Dyson lurks in the shadow, occasionally adding commentary.
John Michael Warburton directs Steven Dietz’s play, produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Patrons are advised that More Fun Than Bowling contains some rough language in the first act.