Two Rooms opens October 1

(09-13-2010)

A love story, "Two Rooms", by Lee Blessing, and directed by Jenna Neilsen, assistant professor of theatre, opens the 2010/2011 Adams State College Theatre season. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 20, and can be reserved in person at the box office, or by calling 719-587-TIXX.

"Two Rooms" is told from a married couple's perspective after the husband is taken hostage by terrorists during the Lebanese Civil War. "The play is about a love story more than anything," Neilsen said. "The main characters are separated by something much bigger than themselves." Issues of American foreign policy, terrorism, and religious conflict are included in the story.

Michael Wells is taken captive, while a professor at the American University of Beirut. The play is set in two rooms -- Michael in his Beirut cell room, and Lanie Wells in her husband's study. She deals with two opposing entities, a US government representative and a member of the media, both proclaim they are doing all they can for Michael's safe release.

Neilsen chose to direct the play because of its "superb" writing and that is has no "simple" answers. "It doesn't blame the media or the government; it leaves it open to interpretation." Three Adams State veteran actors, Kaitlyn Perham, Jacob Sorling, and Eleanor Smith, along with Mason Miller, his first major role on the Adams State Main Stage, are the cast members. "A four member cast allows for deeper character development and juicy actor work," added Nielsen.

Over 90 foreign hostages were taken during the Lebanese Civil War, most were released, some were killed and many were held for multiple years. The details of the script are based on the reality of hostage taking during the war.

"Two Rooms", opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, on the Main Stage and continues at 8 p.m. October 2, 7, 8, and 9; with a 2 p.m. matinee on October 10. Tickets are $10 for general public, $8 for seniors and students, $6 for children 12 and under, and free to Associated Students and Faculty.

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