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Bethany College Theatre Tackles Tough Issues

Gift grades for athletes, painkiller abuse and denial of injuries. These might sound like recent headlines from the sports media, but Bethany College Theatre’s upcoming production of Bill C. Davis’ 1985 play, “Dancing in the End Zone” tackles all these issues and more.

“Dancing in the End Zone” will be performed at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13-15 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 in Bethany’s Wailes Theater. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For information or reservations, call 304-829-7124.

The play tells the story of James Bernard, played by freshman theater major Elias Stebbins of Washington, Pa., a star quarterback for a Division-I football team. He lives off-campus with his wheelchair-bound mother, Madeleine, played by Stacy Boston of Follansbee, who has taught him to live and breathe football as a remedy for his sensitive nature. This suits his equally doting coach, Bethany alumnus Nathan Marshall of Wellsburg, just fine. But a campus scandal about athletes being given gift-grades has become a national headline, which forces coach Biehn to get James a tutor, Jan, played by Taylor Ferko of Pittsburgh. Little does anyone know that Jan is actually the anonymous reporter who broke the scandal and is now working on another expose.

The play is directed by Luke Hardt, asssociate professor of theater, director of the Bethany College Theatre and chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts Luke Hardt. Technical direction is by Nathan Dunn.

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