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Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Widows and Children First”

BOONE — The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Widows and Children First” Feb. 6-9 at 8 p.m. in Greer Arena Theatre. Tickets are $3 and are available in the Valborg Theatre Box Office. Call 262-3063 weekdays between 2 and 5 p.m. for reservations and additional information.

“Widows and Children First” is the third play in Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song Trilogy.” It is the story of four people from diverse backgrounds coming together and struggling with the harsh realities of life.

Arnold (Ross Bryant) is a gay man who had planned to adopt a son with his lover, Alan. When Alan is maliciously killed because of his sexuality, Arnold must raise his newly adopted son, David (Noah Jones) alone.

Ed (Adam Faw), Arnold’s former lover, has left his wife and moved in to Arnold’s apartment to sort out his own feelings. The situation becomes even more abstract when Arnold’s mother (Jennifer Allman) visits her son and finds not only an older man with him, but a 15-year-old boy whom she thought was a roommate.

“Widows and Children First” is filled with humor, emotion and love, and sheds light on a world that struggles to become more tolerant of diversity.

Theatre performance major Bryan Crossan directs. Rickey Glover and Alex Long are stage managers.