Thursday, June 18, 2009

New Play Coming From Studio Roanoke

Studio Roanoke is closing in on its production of Maura Campbell’s "Rosalee Was Here" (directed by Cheryl Snodgrass). Kenley Smith’s new theater on Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke (one block off City Market) is taking on new and sometimes edgy works that will challenge you.

I’ve seen a couple of them already and I can testify that this is good theater. It’s not always going to be top-level stuff, but Kenley’s an adventurous guy, willing to take a chance on new people and new works and I think that’s worth your support.

Here’s the synopsis of this effort: "It’s the story of a young Hispanic girl placed on constant surveillance, provided by Molly, a teacher's aide with her own family problems.

"Within the confines imposed by the middle school principal who is compelled to enforce the harsh rules and restrictions imposed by the educational and juvenile justice systems, Molly attempts to help Rosalee struggle with issues of personal identity and freedom.

"Inspired by actual events, Maura Campbell has crafted a moving and often very funny commentary on the insanity of any system that does not account for its own flows and imperfections."

The new play runs June 23-28 at 8 p.m., with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at p.m. tickets are $10.

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