Dalton State Produces Student-Authored Play ‘Overdue’
November 1, 2013
If you love movie references, witty one-liners, slacker types, and unexpected plot twists, you might want to visit Press Play Video Store, the setting of “Overdue,” an original play that will be produced at Dalton State College November 14 through 17.
“It’s a rather raucous comedy about some young adults who are stuck working in the store and an exciting moment where someone from the past comes back into their lives and changes everything,” says director Jackie Daniels.
The play was written by Joshua Beard, a student at Dalton State, and was inspired by his experiences at Blockbuster Video as a teenager. “I spent the bulk of high school working in a video store,” says Beard. “The setting lends itself to so many types of jokes; you can make an endless number of movie references and gags.”
The opportunity to work side-by-side with the playwright is a rare privilege for Daniels. “It is rewarding and enlightening to have the playwright observe the rehearsals,” she said. “It’s so fun to see Josh get so excited. He could write for television.”
For Daniels, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Dalton State, the decision to produce another original script was an easy one, after the success of last year’s faculty-authored play, “Muscadine Wine.” This year’s play was unanimously selected by a reading committee comprised of faculty from Dalton State’s Department of Humanities. Daniels, who serves as chairperson, accompanied by Regina Ray, Jonathan Lampley, Jennifer Randall, Lorena Sins, and Cheryl Larsen, chose the boisterous comedy from the other original scripts submitted.
“The whole committee was on board with it,” says Daniels. “You have to take into account the space we’re provided, and the setting for ‘Overdue’ can be staged in Goodroe Auditorium, which is a major consideration for the committee. We also like the fact that it was written by a Dalton State student; it’s aimed at a college audience, so we felt it was appropriate for the students here.”
Sixteen Dalton State students will be featured in the original production, among them: David Moss, Sean Self, Savannah Whittenburg, Josh Boling, Allysa Stromley, Kirsten Gilley, Roniqua Wright, Jamie Steadman, Eric Thomason, Nathaniel Payne, Shiny Gibson, Andrew Germain, Scott Reese, Megan Bergeman, Jasmyne Fletcher, and Kassandra Hardegree. Joining them is Assistant Professor of Spanish, Dr. Nancy Mason.
“Dr. Mason will play ‘Granny Cougar’,” says Daniels. “Students are going to get such a kick out of the play; even the people in it are laughing during rehearsals. It’s like a three-ring circus.”
“Overdue” will be performed in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall at 7 pm Thursday through Saturday, November 14, 15, and 16 and also at 2 pm on Sunday, November 17. The play is free to Dalton State students, faculty, and staff; others pay $5 at the door. The play contains adult content and is intended for mature audiences.
For more information, contact Jackie Daniels at (706) 272-2451.