His name is Woodson Bull III, but you can call him “Third.” and Professor Laurie Jameson is disinclined to like his jockish attitude. Believing that Third’s sophisticated essay on King Lear could not possibly have been written by such a student, Professor Jameson reports his plagiarism to the college’s Committee of Academic Standards. But is her accusation justified? Or is she casting Third as the villain in her own struggle with her relationships, her age and the increasingly polarized political environment?
Witty, wise and thought-provoking, Third is the last play written by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein, premiering off Broadway in the Fall of 2005, shortly before her untimely death in January of 2006.
The play takes place in a small liberal arts college in New England (delightfully reminiscent of HSU), where Professor Laurie Jameson’s personal and political ideologies are challenged by a young student, at the same time she is facing generational and family issues at home.
Director Justin Takata was thrilled to take on the production. “I just loved the script. We typically think of coming of age as something we only really do in our youth, but really we do it several times throughout our lives. All five characters face a different coming of age…”
The production features Redwood Curtain veteran actor Christina Jioras (last seen in the critically acclaimed Going to St. Ives) in the lead role of Professor Laurie Jameson. Joey Lawrence trods the RC boards for the second time in the titular role of Third. And RC veterans Lincoln Mitchell and Elisa Abelleira, as well as newcomerCate Hatfield, round out the cast.
Details about the play, Season 2017, and ticketing are on the Redwood Curtain website: www.redwoodcurtain.com.
Third previews on Thursday and Friday, April 27 and 28, with $10 tickets, and opening night with Gala champagne reception is Saturday, April 29, with tickets at $22. Performances continue Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through May 20. Cheap date Thursdays on May 4, 11, and 18, two tickets for $20. A 2pm Sunday Matinee takes place on May14, with tickets at $17. Ticket price on Friday and Saturday (except Gala) nights is $17.
Redwood Curtain is located at 220 First Street (between C and D) in Old Town, Eureka. Main entrance through Snug Alley. As the theatre is intimate with only 80 seats, reservations are highly recommended, and there is no late seating. Evening performances begin promptly at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm.