EASLEY — Easley’s Foothills Playhouse begins its “B Side” on Sept. 11, with the production of The Exonerated, the first of four off-the-beaten path productions intended to expand the playhouse’s presentation and viewing audience.
The slate of productions — The Exonerated, MOMologues, Love Letters, and Bleacher Bums — was chosen by the play selection committee and approved by the board after a great deal of debate concerning the community and the regular patrons attending the theatre.
The plays are not intended for every audience, especially children, and is the result to broaden the scope of productions to broaden the spectrum of the audience and actors who might be seen on the stage locally.
“The purpose of presenting these ‘B side’ productions is to open up a new demographic and give more value to the community for what the theatre is in Easley and the community,” board member Lynne Gibson said. “Traditionally we have brought high quality productions and will continue to do so, but we felt it was time to expand those and try to be more inclusive. Not everyone likes the same things and this is our way of trying to get more people involved.”
Foothills’ patronage has been steady and strong throughout the years, but following the last season the board wanted to give more to segments of the community for entertainment and opportunities to perform.
“When we decided which plays we wanted to present, which was a long debate, we knew we had to do these with relatively low set costs with almost no set, who could we cast, and could we find African American actors and actresses,” board member Jill Campion said. “We are trying to figure out how to get the rest of the community involved, and these plays bring a wide variety and choice to the season with something for almost everyone.”
With subject matter ranging from serious to delightfully humorous, the “B Side” includes tales of wrongly convicted former death row inmates, humorous tales just about any mom could relate to, love not lost but delayed, and the everyday lives of baseball fans in the confines of Wrigley Stadium.
The difference is these productions are intended for more mature audiences and are unique to local theatre, bringing Easley content it has never seen before.
“The are social issues addressed and this will open the theatre to a much broader audience who may not have experienced live theatre before, or maybe not in Easley,” said Scott Gibson, member of the board and director of The Exonerated. “We think these are presentations a broader audience will want to come and see and will expose the theatre to things that have never been done on this stage before.”
For more information, to buy “B Side” tickets or to buy tickets for the main stage productions, visit Easley’s Foothills Playhouse’s website at www.efplayhouse.com.
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