The Athenian Players of Athens State University will present Verdigris, a play by Jim Beaver, directed by Dr. Hugh K. Long. This will be the Athenian Players’ first performance in the new Studio Theatre of the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur.
“This is an amazing contemporary play and we are thrilled to be able to perform it to inaugurate our new space,” said Long. “Jim Beaver is a well-known actor and playwright and we are honored that he has selected the Athenian Players to bring his characters to life.”
The play centers around Margaret Fielding who has spent her entire adult life in a wheelchair. But that doesn’t stop her from throwing the lives of a half-dozen people into the air and twirling them like saucers in a circus act. “Verdigris” can be defined as corrosion, but it also glows with beauty. Verdigris — a word you may not know. A story you’ll never forget.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on November 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19. A Sunday matinee will be performed at 1:30 p.m. on November 13. All performances will be in the Studio Theatre of the Phase II Building of the Alabama Center for the Arts.
Verdigris writer Jim Beaver is an American actor, playwright, screenwriter, and film historian. He is most familiar to worldwide audiences as the gruff but tenderhearted Bobby Singer in Supernatural. He also played Whitney Ellsworth on the HBO Western drama series Deadwood, a starring role which brought him acclaim and a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination for Ensemble Acting after three decades of supporting work in films and TV.
Admission is $15 for general admission, $10 for students, faculty, staff, and seniors. Tickets are available at the door, at the box office, or online at www.athens.edu/athenianplayers.