Monday, May 10, 2010

World Premier of the New Play by W.R. Smiddie

3 Old Men By W.R. Smiddie

The Corporation for the Performing Arts at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. invites you to join them as they present the world premier of the new play "3 Old Men" by W.R. Smiddie on May 13-15 at 8:00pm and May 16 at 2:00pm at the ARTS/West performing arts facility, 132 W. State Street, Athens Ohio.

"3 Old Men" tells the story of Appalachian, Hobart Mullins who considers searching for justice for a medical mistake, while his two friends seek to be of help.

W.R. Smiddie was born in 1931 in Harlan County, Kentucky during the Great Depression. From Kentucky, Mr. Smiddie’s family moved to Tennessee. While in Tennessee, his father, a union man, would not take work because there were no unions. This sort of thing has influenced him greatly. During his first job at a DuPont plant, Smiddie was drafted to serve in the Korean War. Back in the states, a veteran on the G.I. bill, he went to college at Tennessee State University. Smiddie also attended graduate school at Iowa State where he is still one course short of the much sought after M.F.A. While working in the welfare department in Nashville he had the privilege of participating in the Civil Rights struggle by preparing used cars with Tennessee tags to be used to enter the deep South. While in Tennessee, Smiddie also had a play produced in NYC, which allowed him to meet Tom Hayden in New Jersey. At this point in his life, it seemed to Smiddie that he could control his own life, which had finally begun. After turning down an organizing job with the Highlander Folk School, he moved with his wife and kids to Cleveland, Ohio to work with S.D.S. in the inner city. Welfare Rights, Free Clinics, and helping to organize the 1968 police riot in Chicago. From there to the street demonstrations against the only war America has ever lost. Older, quieter, he now lives in Southern Ohio where he makes pottery, writes unfinished plays, sleeps a lot and dreams of Alaska.

More information can be found at the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE .

3 OLD MEN A New Play by W.R. Smiddie. Directed by George Sherman with Ron Luce, Richard Dean, Lonny Fraze. Production Manager - Hilary Post. Stage Manager - Lisa Ahman. Lighting Designer - Marc Mixon. Costume Designer - Rebecca Whittington.
Thursday May, 13th 8:00pm, Friday May, 14th 8:00pm, Saturday May, 15th 8:00pm, Sunday May, 16th 2:00pm.

The mission of the Corporation for the Performing Arts is to include professional performing arts, and provide access to the professional level performing arts to artists in the South East Ohio Region.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.