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GPAC audience moved by ‘Running Water’

By Sha’Lace Gregg
Around the Campus Assistant Editor

The play "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running" was preformed on the main stage of GPAC Feb 23.  Due to technical difficulties the play moved from the studio theatre to the main stage to host a larger audience of 60.   The main stage was split in two to allow for different props to be set up without keeping the audience waiting.

"The series of skits was a first for me. I never viewed a play were I had to get up and move three times to see different scenes. It was great to have audience participation by moving themselves instead of having the crew change scenes and props," Jeffrey Williams said.

The first series, "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running," discussed the way society would not accept a naked man on stage, saying it would not put audience members in a comfort zone with each other.

The producer, played by Antonie Stanley, and writer debated over the subjects that led them nowhere.

"The play was a lot of fun and a great experience. Each night of the show I learned something new about the character, which allowed me to become more and more like the character. That in itself and hearing the audience reaction was a great experience," said Stanley.

For the second scene audience members moved to the other half of the stage to view "The Footsteps of Doves." The play was set in a basement showroom of a bedding store.  Megan Volz and J. David Crow, Jr. played the role of husband and wife involved in a troubled marriage.

The wife suffers from a bad back causing the couple to sleep in single beds. The husband says the reason for trying to divorce three times was because of the single beds. 

After the husband meets the young flirtatious Jill, played by Kate Donovan, the two share a lot in common about the importance of a full, larger sized bed.                     

The play was light hearted and received many giggles during the flirting moments.
           
The third scene, "I'm Herbert," depicts an old married couple suffering from Alzheimers. The hilarious play opens on a side porch with the couple in rocking chairs remembering old times and memories.

The couple received many laughs from the audience by continuously confusing each other's name with their previous husband or wife's names. In the end the couple join hands, sit back and finally come to their senses.
"I thought the play was hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing at them arguing and trying to remember things that happened in the life," Adam Abdur-Rahman said.
 
Having three short plays together kept the crowd interested and energized.                       

Each play was comedy based providing much entertainment for the audience.

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