World premier of Love and Whiskey at BGSU Firelands College Theatre

Love and WhiskeyBowling Green State University Firelands College Theatre finishes its 47th season in April with the world-premiere presentation ofLove and Whiskey” by Allyson Currin.

Based on the Depression-era diaries kept by the playwright’s grandmother Lucy Mae, “Love and Whiskey” chronicles the journey of the last unmarried daughter of the Knott clan and caretaker of an ill family member.  As she balances the demands at home with her own unfulfilled desires and thwarted dreams, she struggles to define her independence and find her ultimately triumphant way in a world that provides few options for women without means.

Allyson Currin is an award winning playwright currently residing in Washington, D.C. and teaching at George Washington University.  She is the author of more than twenty plays and has twice been nominated for the Helen Hayes’ MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play. She has also been singled out for numerous honors from the Washington Theatre Festival of New Plays.

“Love and Whiskey” was developed through Charter Theatre Company and the Shenandoah International Playwrights Retreat at the Hamner Theatre in Virginia. The BGSU Firelands College Theatre production is the world premiere of the fully-staged production.

The BGSU Firelands College Theatre ensemble cast includes students and community members. The cast includes Rachel McLaughlin, Huron, as Lucy Mae; Marlee Carpenter, Port Clinton, as Tump; Erinn Wasiniak, as Mother; Christian Brady, Sandusky, as Fred; Walter Sberna, Bellevue, as Ray; Jared Bruner, Sandusky, as Luke; and Jarod Mariani, Sandusky, as Dr. Joe Carrington.

“Love and Whiskey” is being produced by BGSU Firelands Instructor of Theatre Grechen Lynne Wingerter, Huron, and technical direction is by David Gilmore, Berlin Heights.  Additional production staff includes BreAnna Wyant, Bellevue, as stage manager; Aaron Stewart, Tiffin, as assistant director; and Jordan Demich-Bogner, Amherst, and Darcy Russell, Sandusky, as assistant stage managers.

Performances are scheduled for April 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 11 and 12 at 2 p.m. in BGSU Firelands’ McBride Auditorium at one University Drive.  The Saturday, April 11, 2 pm performance is a ‘Pay-What-You-Can’ performance and tickets are only available at the door.

Tickets for the remainder of the performances are available to purchase Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through the Sandusky State Theatre Box Office.  Call 419-626-1950 or visit their website at www.sanduskystate.com/events/love-whiskey-by-allyson-currin/#!/ to reserve your seats.

Regular admissions are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and BGSU Firelands faculty/staff, $10 for children under 17, and $6 for BGSU Firelands students.  Groups of 15 or more are $10 per person.

For more information contact Wingerter at 419-372-0868 or grechlw@bgsu.edu.