Pamela Adolphi, Milligan College’s resident set designer, said the setting is the family’s house, which she helped design to make it look “lived in.” She said this will add to the ambiance of the story and draw the audience into the lives of the play’s characters.
“The thing I like about the play is how it shows the struggle of navigating when something goes horribly wrong and how to get through that together. I get left with a feeling that everything will be okay taking it one day at a time,” she said. “I think all of us have gone through something similar to what the characters go through.
“It is all set in the house. One of the things we talked about with the design was making the home look ‘lived in.’ I’ve tried to communicate that to the audience.”
The play, which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for drama, explores the family dynamics of grief after the loss of a loved one and keeping a family together in a time of distress – a theme that just about anyone can relate to.
“This is a beautifully written play touching on themes of family and coming to terms with grief,” Richard Major, professor of theatre at Milligan and director of the play, said. “It is also a play which will definitely touch the heartstrings of every person who will see it.
“This will be the first time the play has been presented in this region and one which will make a deep impression on audience members.”
The play will feature a cast of Milligan students headed by senior Kristen Branch, Mountain City, Tennessee, as Becca; freshman Drew Hawkins, Brooklet, Georgia, plays her husband, Howie; senior Michaela Williams, Cocoa, Florida, was cast as Becca’s sister, Izzy; sophomore Meaghan Rodgers, Johnson City, will play Becca/Izzy’s mother, Nat; and senior Bradley S. Harvey, Jr., Siloam Springs, Arkansas, will perform as Jason.
All seats are $5 and can be purchased at the Milligan College Bookstore, 423-461-8733.