Starkville Community Theatre’s newest production may focus on two Vietnam War veterans, but it is anything but dated as it examines the impact of war on those who fight it and their friends and families, the show’s director says.
SCT’s production of Stephen Metcalfe’s “Strange Snow” opens this week at the Playhouse on Main.
“Metcalfe’s play ‘Strange Snow’ is more than a story about the social effects of war. It is a play about real people, their hopes and fears,” said Paula Mabry, who is directing the show.
The show focuses on two Vietnam veterans as they reunite for a fishing trip to make good on a long lost promise to an old friend.
At dawn on the opening day of fishing season, Megs, played by Thomas La Foe, shows up at the home of his old friend, David, played by Christopher Walrath, only to encounter David’s sister, Martha, played by Maggie Spann, who is described as shy and somewhat plain.
“Megs’ larger-than-life nature coaxes Martha out of her shell and into his heart,” Mabry said. “His mere presence, however, brings up painful memories of Vietnam for David, whose method of coping so far has been to drink too much and talk as little as possible.”
The opening of the show finds David with a terrible hangover from the previous night’s drinking.
Megs and David served together in the Vietnam War, and David still blames himself for the death of their friend Bobby.
Together, Megs and Martha work to help David get past the war and move on with his life.
Metcalfe’s play, originally staged successfully by the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York, was adapted into the film “Jackknife,” which starred Robert DeNiro and Ed Harris.
Pattye Archer is serving as assistant director for the production, and Edwin Ellis designed the set.
The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Playhouse on Main, with performances scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The show will continue its run with performances at 7:30 p.m. daily Nov. 9 to 13.
Reservations are strongly encouraged. To reserve tickets, call 323-6855 or stop by the Playhouse on Main from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday or 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.