MC theatre presents comedy 'Wonderful World' directed by senior, Aja Rodriguez

April 2, 2004
Keni Lanagan, Administrative Assistant
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Richard Dresser’s comedy “Wonderful World” is the concluding theatre production for the 2003-2004 season at Maryville College.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m., April 23-24 in the playhouse of the Wilson Chapel/Theatre Complex on the College campus. Tickets are sold at the door and are $7.50 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, MC faculty and staff and area students. Maryville College students are admitted free with an I.D. Open dress rehearsals are scheduled for 8 p.m., April 21 and 22. Donations are accepted at the door to watch the dress rehearsals.

Presented by MC theatre honor society, Alpha Psi Omega, and produced entirely by students, “Wonderful World” draws its cast from the MC campus community. Senior writing/communication and theatre major Aja Rodriquez is directing the production.

Rodriguez, who hails from South Padre Island, Texas, was selected this year’s Alpha Psi Omega student director by her peers. Throughout her college career, she has performed in numerous plays, including the lead role in Sophocles’ “Elektra,” earlier this year.

According to the director, “Wonderful World” is about a close-knit New England family that is shaken to its core when a minor misunderstanding spirals out of control.

“Two brothers find themselves at odds when one of their wives misinterprets a dinner invitation and feels she was deliberately excluded. She then embarks on a full-scale scorched-earth policy of truth telling,” she said.

Rodriguez said Dresser’s writing is hilarious.

“We chose this particular play for its comedic value,” she said. “We want people to laugh, and I believe they will.”

The role of Jennifer is portrayed by Scarlet Bell, a theatre and English major from Knoxville. Scott King, a writing/communication major from Johnson City, plays the part of Max, one of the brothers. Kyle Harris, a math major from Maryville, plays the part of the other brother, Barry. Susannah Wilson, a history for teacher licensure major from Athens, plays Patty. Lydia is played by Sarah Harrell, an English major from Montgomery, Ala.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.