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2009 News Releases
Waterworks Players’ production has several Longwood connections
October 20, 2009
An upcoming production by the Waterworks Players of Farmville has a distinct Longwood University flavor.
A staged reading of Shortcomings, a collection of seven 10-minute comedies by Dr. Brett Hursey, assistant professor of English at Longwood, will be presented for free Friday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. by the community theater group. Three of the six cast members - Linda Sauve, Matt Spalding and Mary Jo Stockton - are Longwood staff members, and another, Dr. Leigh Lunsford, is a faculty member. A fifth cast member, Brandon Nuckols, is a 1997 Longwood graduate.
The sixth cast member is Jordan Whiley, and the director is Dudley Sauve. The play has been produced once before, in its entirety, and the individual comedies have been produced about 100 times around the country, mostly in festivals.
"The title of the play is a play on words in two ways," said Hursey. "First, all the plays are short. Second, all the characters are flawed. The play is about human 'shortcomings' looked at in a comical light. I think most of the characters have shortcomings which are endearing."
Act I consists of Night of the Living Debutante, The Stand-In, Taster's Choice and Kung-Foolery, while Act II consists of Straight-Talk, Cavity Search and Scrambled. Hursey likes writing 10-minute comedies, which he started doing in 2004.
"The good thing about a 10-minute comedy is that if an audience member hates one of them, it's over soon," he said with a laugh. "That's why this format has come into prominence in the last 20 years - maybe in just the last five years. And for someone like me with a full-time teaching load, it's a manageable type of playwriting."
Hursey has written about 20 plays, all comedies and many short (though some are full-length). He has had more than 20 productions off-Broadway. "Last year I had 33 productions, the most ever for me - more than I ever expected. I'd be happy with 12 a year."
Hursey also has published three full-length books of poetry and two chapbooks (shorter collections of poetry).
For more information, phone the Waterworks Players at 392-3452 or visit http://waterworksplayers.org.