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Theatre and Dance Department Presents “Impossible Marriage” Feb. 21-26

BOONE — Love and marriage take interesting turns in Beth Henley’s “Impossible Marriage” presented Feb. 21-26 by Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. in Valborg Theatre. Tickets are $6 for non-students and $4 for students and available weekdays from 2-5 p.m. in the Valborg Theatre Box Office.

For reservations or more information, call (828) 262-3063.

Directed by Ed Pilkington, “Impossible Marriage” is a tale of southern love set in Savannah, Ga.

The whimsical story tells of love lost and found, often in strange places.

It offers hilarious and ultimately touching reflections on sex, family, duties, desires, aging and marriage.

Hensley’s style radiates truth in her marvelously constructed characters who call to mind those found in plays by Anton Chekhov and Tennessee Williams or in a modern situation comedy.

The Kingsley women are three variations on the Southern belle archetype. Brandi Ryans plays Floral Whitman, the pregnant older sister of bride-to-be Pandora Kingsley, played by Caroline Sharp. Pandora is engaged to aging writer Edvard Lunt, played by Ross Bryant. Pandora’s mother, Kandall, played by Kari Krein, is unhappy with the impending nuptials.

Floral’s husband, Jonsey, played by Lynn Wilson, is the perfect Southern

gentleman — apart from the fact that he has no sexual desire at all. This begs the question: who is the father of Floral’s unborn child?

The wedding is disrupted by the appearance of Edvard’s son, played by Ryan Ledwig, and a senile but well-meaning priest, played by Marcus Riter.

“Impossible Marriage” is Pilkington’s final directing project as a faculty member at Appalachian.

Pilkington is retiring after a 31-year career at the university. During his tenure he directed approximately 35 plays. He also directed Horn in the West for 16 years.

The production has been designed by theatre and dance faculty designers Joel Williams, scenic design; Frank Mohler, lighting design; and Martha Marking, costume and makeup design.

Lauren Eller is the stage manager for the production. She is assisted by Sarah Byerley and April McEachern.