Friday, September 10, 2010

Zero Hour Theatre Brings Spotswood Play "7 Lessons on Suicide" to WC Campus

CHESTERTOWN, MD—Zero Hour Theatre will present Stephen Spotswood’s dark comedy “7 Lessons on Suicide” Friday and Saturday, September 17 and 18, at Washington College. The production will be staged Friday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. in Tawes Theatre of the Gibson Center for the Arts.

The play unfolds as a young man struggles to dissuade his ex-girlfriend from committing suicide. His task is complicated by four quirky acquaintances intent on ending their own lives. The show runs approximately 60 minutes and contains profanity.

The show’s director, Tess Pohlhaus ’03, says the show is very, very dark but is ultimately about choosing life. “It deals with very serious issues in a deeply comedic way and with a lot of heart. We want the audience to leave the theater with a lot to think and talk about.”

Spotswood is an award-winning playwright who earned his undergraduate degree at Washington College in 1999, and the Zero Hour troupe consists largely of W.C. theater graduates. After holding a workshop reading of the play at Washington College in the late spring, Zero Hour premiered “7 Lessons On Suicide” to good reviews at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. this past July. DC Theatre Scene gave it four out of five stars and described it as “morbidly fascinating.” According to the Washington City Paper, “the premise is clever, and surprisingly humorous.”

Admission to the play is free and open to the public; a suggested donation of $2 is welcome. For more information, visit


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