Covenant College Theatre Department Performs Study Of Middle East Terror, Two Rooms By Lee Blessing

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Written by Lee Blessing (best known for his Pulitzer- and Tony-nominated play A Walk in the Woods) Two Rooms is the story of an American University professor kidnapped and held hostage in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War of the 1980s and his wife back home in America waiting for his release. The emotional tensions and struggles of the play come as she tries to determine what is truth, what is spin, what is genuine compassion and what is manipulation coming from the State Department employee assigned to her case and from a reporter eager to get her to speak out about the situation.

Though written in 1988, this production, directed by Professor Camille Hallstrom feels remarkably relevant in a post 9/11 world. Using only four actors, character and relational development are central to the play. The cast consists of three seniors: David Anthony, Anne Patterson, and Peter Upton; and is the Covenant debut performance of freshman Anna Dove.

When asked about the decision to choose this play, Ms. Hallstrom said, “Lee Blessing is a remarkable playwright, and the quality of insight into human relationships, depth and complexity of characterization will give the audience a moving and insightful meditation on life, love, war and politics, and it gives the actors truly challenging and stretching roles to play.” 

A panel discussion will be held with the audience immediately after the Feb. 16 performance. Panelists include Dr. Carl F. Ellis Jr., professor at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas and president of Project Joseph, and Covenant's own Dr. Daphne Haddad, diplomate in Islamic Studies.

The show previews on Feb. 14, at 8 p.m.. Tickets for the preview are $3 for students and seniors, and $5 for adults. 

Two Rooms runs Feb. 15,16 and 22, at 8 p.m. and Feb. 23, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $7 for adults. 

Two Rooms will be performed in Sanderson Hall Auditorium on the Covenant College campus.

For tickets contact 706.419.1051 or boxoffice@covenant.edu 



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