Community Players Present Zoo Story and Sandbox

For Immediate Release: 
Feb 04 2002

Community Players Present Zoo Story and Sandbox

Athens, W.Va. - The Community Players will be presenting Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story and The Sandbox February 21- 23 at 8:00 p.m. in the H.C. Paul Theater located in the Alexander Fine Arts Center at Concord College.

The Zoo Story centers around an encounter between two men in Central Park; Peter, a highly successful businessman, and an angry vagrant, Jerry. Jason Najmulski, Concord College alumnus, will play Peter and Concord student Kahlil Joseph will portray Jerry. Joseph received "Outstanding Performance by an Actor" last year from the College’s theater department.

The Sandbox is about an American middle class family dealing with aging parents. The cast includes Concord graduate Melanie Arellano as "Mommy" and Concord student and communication arts major Matt Campbell as "Daddy." Matt recently performed in True West, where he played the role of "Lee." Concord alumna Nancy Najmulski will be playing the role of "Grandma" and Adam Shatarksy, a communication arts major at Concord who recently performed in True West, has been cast as "Young Man." Concord Professor of Communication Arts Ronald L. Burgher will be directing both plays.

America was introduced to Edward Albee after The Zoo Story and The Sandbox were produced in 1960. Albee went on to write plays such as, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe and A Delicate Balance, which earned him a Pulitzer Prize. Albee slowly marked himself as one of the five great American playwrights of the 20th century and introduced America to the "theater of the absurd."

The Community Players began in 1960 and has produced at least one play each year since then. Historically the core of the Community Players has consisted of Concord College faculty, their spouses, alumni, Concord students and local community members.

All proceeds from the plays are used for scholarship assistance to students studying theater. Tickets are $5.00 for adults including Concord College faculty and staff, $4.00 for senior citizens and $2.00 for students. For more information contact the Concord College box office at 1-304-384-5101.


Concord College Notes: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5276 or Alice Dillon, 1-304-384-5177, if special accommodations are required for this event.

Lindsey A. Mullins, a student in Concord College’s communication arts department wrote this press release. Her hometown is Welch, W.Va.