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OUE to Present ‘The Miss Firecracker Contest’

The Theater Department of Ohio University Eastern will present Beth Henley’s hilarious comedy “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” at 8 p.m. today, Saturday, Nov. 15, Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20.

First produced in 1984 with Holly Hunter in the lead role, the play focuses on the quirky, down-on-their-luck residents of Brookhaven, Miss. Carnelle Scott, also known as “Miss Hot Tamale” has hopes of winning the Miss Firecracker Contest to atone for her past. She is soon joined by her cousin Elain, who has just left her rich but boring husband, and her cousin Delmount, who has just been released from a mental institution. Add a wacky myopic seamstress named Popeye and a lusty tubercular balloon man, and the recipe for humor is complete.

The true genius of the play, however, is that these exaggerated cartoon-like characters are closely drawn, with poignant human frailties.

“One minute the audience can be convulsed with laughter, and then immediately the truly desperate lives of these characters come into sharp focus,” OUE Theater Director Dennis Fox said. “It is a huge acting challenge, but these are roles that actors covet.”

The OUE Theatre cast includes Katrina Scatterday as Carnelle Scott; Sam Campbell as Popeye Jackson; Danielle DeNoble as Elain Rutledge; Derek DeMattio as Delmount Williams; Joshua Wayne Harris as Mac Sam; and Kayla Ernest as Tessy Mahoney.

For more information and to make reservations contact Fox at 740-699-2340 or foxd@ohio.edu.

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