March 3, 2016

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College will present the debut of “Durty Bird,” an original play written and directed by Steve Falcone, Professor Emeritus of English at the college. Set in the Constant Care Assisted Living Center, the action moves quickly to Crab Orchard Lake when an underage runaway shows up with her Italian lover, hoping to run off and get married.

Two evening performances are set for Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in Logan’s O’Neil Auditorium. A matinee will be held on Friday, March 11 at 10 a.m.  Tickets for the evening shows are $15 for general admission and $10 for JALC students. Tickets for the matinee are $2 for the general public and free to Logan students and staff.

“Durty Bird is a big cast comedy-mystery,” Falcone said. “A young girl named Pearlie runs off with her Italian lover, an actor whose stage name is Chicky Dee. They show up at the assisted living home where her elderly aunt is living with some other sassy old ladies. No one wants Pearlie to get married because she’s too young so the couple takes off again. They run off to Crab Orchard Lake and hide out on a houseboat piloted by Captain Skully. Once there the plot thickens with a mystery involving a parrot, a treasure map, and some gold Spanish doubloons.

“It’s a fast-paced farce filled with crazy characters, and the actors are doing a terrific job bringing them to life. We’re having a blast, and I hope everyone comes out to see it. It’s going to be a good time.” 

Sydney Ambos from Herrin plays the title character in the show.

“I play Gabby who is a parrot and the character the play is named for,” Ambos said. “The audience won’t see me because I voice the character from off stage. I’ve never done a role like this before, and I’m really enjoying it. I can kind of sit back and watch what everybody else is doing without having to look like I’m in character the whole time. It’s been a pretty neat experience. 

“Steve is a fantastic director,” she continued. “Whenever he does a show, I always try to audition for a part. It’s really fun to do one of his original scripts because no one has ever done it before. We can create the characters with our own perspectives as actors without any preconceived ideas from past performances we may have seen.”

Kelli Jo Calvert of Hurst has the role of Ruby in the play.

“My character is one of the older ladies living at the assisted living center, and she’s a card-playing, wise-cracking broad. I enjoy doing comedy, and she’s a fun character to play. We have a wonderful cast, and it’s always great working with Steve. He’s a top-notch director. People can expect the unexpected from this show, and if they are in need of a good laugh, they should come out and see it.” 

For more information about “Durty Bird” or to order advance tickets, contact the Office of Student Activities and Cultural Events at Logan at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8287.

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Steve O’Keefe at 618-985-2828 ext. 8569 or email at steveokeefe@jalc.edu.