HOLYOKE -- Holyoke Community College's HCC Players will present From Up Here, a play by Liz Flahive that explores the interconnectivity and impact of one family member's actions and relates to the challenges we all face as we learn to adapt, forgive and move on.
Performances will be in the Leslie Phillips Theater in HCC's Fine & Performing Arts building, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 17th, 18th and 19th, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 20, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for seniors and students. The Friday performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language.
The play's central character, Kenny Barrett, has done something at his high school that left his classmates, family, and community struggling for answers. The play explores Kenny's first day back since the incident. He has been asked to apologize to the entire school for his actions, his every move is monitored, and his backpack is searched wherever he goes. Kenny just wants to be left alone to get through his senior year.
"It takes a long time for us to discover a piece that students connect with," said HCC Professor Tim Cochran, the play's director. "This play is about a family getting from one day to the next and moving forward after dealing with tragedy."
Charles Isherwood, a theater critice for The New York Times said, "The play has the bouncy humor of a quirky-family sitcom, but in this case the usual adolescent afflictions - acne and awkwardness, mean girls and cruel jocks - take a back seat to something larger, darker and more mysterious. One of the most insightful aspects of Ms. Flahive's writing is her understanding that even caring adults are struck dumb and left gaping for words in the presence of despair of such proportions."
From Up Here is intended for mature audiences.
Performance parking is available in lot F. Advance ticket purchase is not required. The theater box office will open at 7 p.m. for evening shows and 1:30 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. For general reservations, please all the theater box office at (413) 552-2528. .
Photos: (Left) HCC students Matt Haughton (as Kenny Barrett) and Elizabeth Hayden (as Mrs. Goldberger) rehearse a scene from the play From Up Here. Stage Manager Axel Cruz practices lines with actors Kate Kingan (Grace) and Matt Haughton (Kenny).