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Hastings Community Theater debuts "Mass Appeal"
"Mass Appeal" is a new production at the Hastings Community Theater starting this weekend. Patrick Crawford visited with News 5 about the play.
Amy West: Patrick Crawford, director, actor, just about everything, you do it. Tell us about this very unique play.
Patrick: This very unique play is the story of, it's got two characters, the story of an older, established priest and a young seminarian. And the older, established priest is very likable, very charming. He's in a congregation that's very wealthy. They're plying him with nice gifts all the time. And here comes the young seminarian who's challenging his ways and his thoughts. So he kinda takes this seminarian under his wing and kinda helps him along. It's a very compassionate, but humorous story.
Amy: So "Mass Appeal" in the Catholic sense.
Patrick: Correct, right.
Amy: It's a play by Bill C. Davis. And you said it was comedy, but there's a drama side as well in all this with those religious undertones.
Patrick: Exactly. And I kind of compare it to a roller coaster ride because the playwright will take you to this little serious moment and then he doesn't keep you very long before he throws something humorous in there so you don't get too drawn into that too much. He takes you out of it.
Amy: How would you describe your interpretation as director?
Patrick: Fortunately, when you have to do two roles like this it's much easier than having a much larger role. So I directed this show on paper and then the producer, Donna Hastings, is kind of co-directing. She sits out and gives direction by visually seeing the show. But I do want to get across that this show is being produced and performed at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral.
Amy: Fantastic and let's talk more about that. We want to make sure people know when they can go see it at St. Mark's. It starts Friday, correct?
Patrick: It starts Friday, the 12th of October and plays weekends through the 21st of October. It begins at 7:30. You can get tickets by calling 402-463-1500 or at area outlets.
Amy: Will they be able to get tickets at the door?
Patrick: You can get tickets beforehand or at the door if you want.
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