Friday, September 8, 2006

Just out of the Fringe, Father Joy on Stage at Church Hill Theatre, September 8 and 9

Chestertown, MD, September 7, 2006 — Washington College's Drama Department and the Riverside Players present Father Joy, a senior thesis production returning from a summer run at Scotland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Written by Sheri Wilner and directed by Washington College senior Molly Weeks, Father Joy will be performed Friday, September 8, and Saturday, September 9, 8 p.m. at Church Hill Theatre. For ticket information and directions, visit

What do you do if your father is literally crumbling into sand? Abigail Margolis, portrayed by WC alumna Tess Pohlhaus '03, must deal with her disappearing father, dating her professor, and her overenthusiastic mother in a play hailed by the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as "amusing, touching, and thought-provoking." The ensemble cast—including WC students Thom Clancy, Lauren Campbell, and Bobby Bangert—give honest, spirited performances that "deserve to be seen" according to Edinburgh's Three Weeks Weekly.

"Finding a show for the Fringe Festival, the world's largest arts festival was my top priority," notes director Molly Weeks, "When I read Father Joy, I instantly related to the magical realism employed throughout and wanted the challenge of directing such a beautiful, funny, and slightly sad piece. Working on it and taking it to the Fringe has been the best theatrical experience of my life."

This year's Fringe Festival hosted more than 1800 shows. The Father Joy cast performed 15 shows at the Greyfriars Kirk House in Edinburgh.

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