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Oct. 21, 2004
Behind the Stage Door
Theatrical delights



Hit and Run Theatre Company is described by current director Alexandra Gellner as, "a bunch of teens running a whole production company and putting on a show." And what a show they've picked for the opening of the 2004-2005 season: Recent Tragic Events by Craig Wright, a play set on Sept. 12, 2001, the day after the World Trade Center Towers collapsed in New York City. The play is set in the apartment of a Minneapolis woman who was set up on a blind date. Understandably, the woman is more worried about her sister, who may have been in the towers, than her date.

"It's not a political farce," said Gellner, "instead the five cast members reveal the places where our personal decisions and destinies collide."

The play has been described as a look at the events of that historic day as a culmination of thousands of separate tiny events, each of which could lead an individual to live or die any day, reminding the players and the audience of the universal game of chance, which is life itself.

Theatergoers are advised that the first act is sometimes considered amorphous and confusing -- introducing the various threads and characters, but that the second act delivers what one reviewer of the off-Broadway New York opening called "a poignant treatise on free will."

The Hit and Run show is hosted by the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 300 Fifth Street, Eureka on Friday, Oct. 22 and 29, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m.

Said Gellner, "Keeping Hit and Run going after our founder, Fiona Zublin, went to college was important to me because theater is my passion and I wanted to become more involved," then shyly added, "All we need is an audience."

For reservations call NCRT at 442-NCRT, or visit its Web site:


Last seen at the Ferndale Repertory Theatre as John Adams, Gary Anderson [photo below] brings another one-man show, Clarence Darrow: The Legend, The Man to the Rep for one weekend only: Friday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.Photo of Gary Anderson portraying Clearance Darrow

Described as America's most famous trial attorney, Darrow (1857-1938) once said, "You can only be free if I am free," and went on to prove it by losing none of his 102 death penalty defenses. Even so, he is more famous for the so-called Scopes Monkey Trial in Tennessee in 1925.

Twenty-first century Americans owe a lot to this fiery attorney. Darrow was involved in gaining the 8-hour working day and worked toward the first child labor laws. He championed organized labor, the rights of minorities and defenseless defendants.

In 1894, Darrow wrote, "Conspiracy laws, from the days of tyranny in England down to today, when those in power use it as a club, has been the favorite weapon of every tyrant. It is an effort to punish the crime of thought. If there are still any citizens interested in protecting human liberty, let them study the conspiracy laws of the United States, which have grown until today no one's liberty is safe!"

In light of the current political situation, including restriction of personal freedoms in exchange for a promise of security, Darrow's arguments are timely and appropriate.

In this piece, Anderson recounts Darrow's most famous trials and his opinions on law, life and politics. A lifetime of experience apparently inspired Darrow's famous remark on U.S. national elections, "When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it."

Call the Ferndale Rep box office for ticket information and reservations, 786-LIVE, or visit them online at


Redwood Curtain Theatre finishes up its 2004 Season with Don Juan in Chicago by David Ives running from Oct. 28 through Nov. 20. Directed by Bernadette Cheyne, this hilarious romp through the sexual mores of modern America recounts the history of an immortal, immoral man and his one true love who long ago made independent pacts with the Devil and lives on with the consequences. Redwood Curtain is at 800 West Harris Street on the Henderson Street side of the Eureka Mall. Call 443-7688 or visit for information and reservations.




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