The Covenant College’s Drama Association will present a journey into a somber world of mental disabilities through the depiction of one man’s struggle to protect his autistic brother. Following the story of two brothers, Campbell and Ernest, Waiting for the Paint to Dry, is a tale of decisions and their consequences. Set in present day small town America, the show paints a picture of the stresses one faces trying to balance personal life while caring for someone else.
Written and directed by Covenant alumnae, Kathryn Jenkins, Waiting for the Paint to Dry seeks to answer the question: “Is love enough in a nonromantic relationship?” Ms. Jenkins hopes the show will, “help us with our compassion towards those who are in really tough situations. They have tough choices to make, and the show helps develop some sympathy and empathy when they make some of the wrong choices.” Ms. Jenkins wants to ensure the audience understands while she takes Campbell to dark places, his situation is not a result of fate, but rather a direct result of his actions.
This production of Waiting for the Paint to Dry is primarily student led. Opening night will mark the first show the Drama Association has produced in three years. Headed up by President Ann Jones, Covenant students organize everything from set, lights, costuming, and publicity. Theatre professor Deborah Kirby comments, “I think this is a great opportunity for a graduate to get a play produced and I am glad students get to be so involved.”
Waiting for the Paint to Dry opens in Sanderson Auditorium at Covenant College with a preview on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the preview are $3 and can be bought at the door. Performances run Nov. 15, 16 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and go on sale Monday. They are available at the door or can be reserved online at: email@example.com or by calling 706.419-1051.