MCCC Drama Club and Theatre Arts Program to present Rachel Bonds’ ‘Michael and Edie’

Michael and EddieApril 1, 2016, Blue Bell, Pa.—Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) Drama Club and Theatre Arts program are proud to present “Michael and Edie,” a quirky modern romance by Rachel Bonds. Show dates are Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16, at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, at 2 p.m.; and a special lunchtime performance Friday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m. All performances will be held in the College’s Blackbox Theatre, Science Center 107 (lower level), at the College’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $5 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Michael is a new employee at a bookstore, who falls head over feet for his co-worker, Edie. They share a love of words and writers, and Michael poetically envisions the life Edie has had, and what life with her would be like. In reality, Edie goes home every night to Ben, a mysterious man, and ranks her day on a scale of one ten. Meanwhile, Michael receives daily phone calls from his sister Sarah, who has barricaded herself in the family bathtub. The play examines loss, love and the eternal hope for new beginnings.
“What excites me most about ‘Michael and Edie’ is the play’s use of poetry to explore love and loss. We find ourselves in the aisles of a vintage book store where hope, wonder and laughter is just a page turn away,” says director Jessica Dal Canton. This production contains adult language and themes.

Michael and Eddie

In conjunction with the production, the students of the Drama Club worked with the school’s Alternative Spring Break project, ‘Suicide Awareness Week.’ Partnering with Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Task Force and the College’s Office of Student Leadership and Involvement, students explored the issues surrounding mental health and suicide.

“We’re partnering this production with the school’s launch of its MindKare Mental Health Screening kiosk,” says Drama Club advisor Mike Whistler. “One of the beautiful things about ‘Michael and Edie’ is how it looks honestly at characters who are dealing with loss, anxiety, and depression…as well as characters who are left as the survivors. We’re hoping that this project will open conversations about those issues among the students and community and empower the members of our community who are dealing with these issues.”

Directed by Jessica Dal Canton, assisted by Kelly Maguire, the cast of “Michael and Edie” includes Joanna Bak, Christopher Waters, Lauren Lee, Austin Kelly, and Jake Cauthron. The production is stage managed by Alondra Santos-Castillo; Chris Waters serves as production manager. The production is designed, produced and presented by the students of the Drama Club and Theatre Production Workshop, under the guidance of Tim Gallagher, Christopher Kleckner, and Michael Whistler.

- Diane VanDyke

Michael and Edie

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) Drama Club and Theatre Arts program are proud to present “Michael and Edie,” a quirky modern romance by Rachel Bonds. Show dates are Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16, at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, at 2 p.m.; and a special lunchtime performance Friday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m. All performances will be held in the College’s Blackbox Theatre, Science Center 107 (lower level), at the College’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Photo by Sandi Yanisko

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