“Scotland Road” opens Feb. 25 and runs through Feb. 27 at Liberty’s Rosewood Center.
Shows begin at 7:30 each night.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. . Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Walking Shadows fan site on facebook.com or by emailing email@example.com.
Jeffrey Hatcher’s play takes its name from the main pathway that ran through the center of the Titanic, and the events of the story revolve around the famous sinking of the “unsinkable ship, said David Holland, the play’s director.
“It is a mystery,” he said. “It has a little bit of humor, and a good bit of suspense.”
But this isn’t James Cameron’s “Titanic.” The play, set in the 1990s, revolves a young woman — who claims to be a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic.
“I was born February 16, 1886,” she says.
The young woman’s story is met with skepticism, but as a team of investigators look into her outrageous claim, they find more than they bargained for.
Amber Grayson plays Winifred, the young woman.
“She’s found floating on an iceberg dressed as if she just stepped out off the Titanic,” Grayson said.
Grayson, a Liberty High School senior, is a member of Liberty’s Walking Shadows Improv troupe, and does a number of local theater productions.
Karla Neves and Jason Underwood play the team investigating Grayson’s story.
Neves plays Dr. Halbrecht.
“She’s really interested in patients who can speak but don’t speak, Neves said. “She’s mostly doing this out of curiosity.”
Neves just completed her directorial debut with “Undone” at North Greenville University and will direct Liberty’s final production of the season with The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” planned for June 3-5.
Underwood plays John, a man who makes the investigation possible — for reasons all his own — convinced that the young woman is a con artist.
“He’s trying to find out her story,” Underwood said.
Underwood is an alumnus of Clemson University’s Improv team Mock Turtle Soup and is currently with Laughing Stock out of Greenville Little Theatre; he has also performed in numerous scripted works over the years.
Liberty High School theater and chorus teacher Jean Toole plays a survivor of the Titanic — a woman who isn’t happy about the spotlight that the mysterious young woman’s claim shines on herself.
“She’s been in seclusion for 80 years,” Toole said.
As she is forced to interview the young woman to test the validity of that claim, Toole’s character lashes out at the investigators.
“You’re nostalgic for a disaster you never knew,” she tells John.
Toole has taught at LHS since 1989.
The play examines the question of identity and the guilt that comes with major disasters — the guilt that survivor’s feel and an stranger guilt experienced by people who had no connection to the event itself.
“I never understood survivor’s guilt myself,” the old woman says. “They lived. I died.”
This production is director David Holland’s first attempt at a serious play after achieving critical and commercial success with such comedies as “The Complete History of America (abridged)” in 2007 and 2009 for North Greenville University and the Liberty Educational Theatre respectively, and “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”
Currently, tickets for “Scotland Road” will only be available at the door, but that could change, so check back with the play’s Facebook page or the Walking Shadows Facebook page.