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BSC’s Blue Chicory Players to Present “Father, Grandfather, Coal Miner; Poet: A Tribute to Duffy Debout,” November 5-7

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    Wednesday, September 24 2008
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—Father, Grandfather, Coal Miner, Poet:  A Tribute to Duffy Bebout” will be presented by Bluefield State College’s Blue Chicory Players, November 5-7 at BSC.  The play is a collage of poetry woven together by transitional narratives.  It was adapted for the stage by Dr. Sharon Bebout-Carr (BSC Assistant Professor of Speech and the Blue Chicory Players’ director) and Maggie Bragg.

“The performance seeks to examine the multiple facets of my father, Duffy Bebout, and his influence upon his family through the use of poetic examples,” Dr. Carr explained.  “There are 17 poems in the production, and the transitional narratives represent Duffy’s children and grandchildren, particularly his daughter (me) and his granddaughter (Maggie).”  Most of the poems were written by Duffy Bebout, and other poems by Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allan Poe, Alfred Noyes, and Ernest Lawrence Thayer are also included.

“Dad was a coal miner and a poet,” Dr. Carr observed.  “He was not one thing more than he was the other, nor did he see a conflict in his twinned identity.  He really believed that poetry was as necessary to being human as breathing was to existing.  He imparted to me the desire to transmit his passion for the written and spoken word to others.  This is the way I honor his memory. . . .by sharing his passion for poetry with others.  I want our students and the community to embrace poetry as a balm for their souls and as a necessary ingredient in a life well lived.”

The Blue Chicory Players’ performances will be offered on November 5, 2009 beginning at 10 a.m., followed by 7:30 p.m. performances on November 6-7.

Admission is $5.00 for community members.  All area students are admitted free of charge with a valid student I.D.