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"The Kitchen Table" One-Person Show, to be Performed at BSC, November 10-12

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    Thursday, October 20 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

bebout_carr_the_kitchen_table(Bluefield)—"The Kitchen Table," a one-person show written, directed and performed by Dr. Sharon Bebout-Carr, will be presented at Bluefield State College, November 10 (10:30 a.m. matinee), November 11 (7:30 p.m.) and November 12 (7:30 p.m.) in the Basic Science Auditorium.

Dr. Carr, Assistant Professor of Speech at BSC, notes that the play focuses upon a middle-aged woman's journey through past memories. "She is seeking to find meaning and to reaffirm her identity in the aftermath of her father's illness and death." Along the way, the audience meets the woman's father, mother, and brother, as well as a woman coal miner, the wife of a miner whose husband was grievously injured in a mining accident, and others whose voices contribute to her understanding (and ours) about what it means to confront issues of life, death, community, and identity.

Shortly after Dr. Carr had performed "The Kitchen Table," at Kutztown (PA) University, Kutztown faculty member Karen Blomain wrote, "I have seldom seen a performance that blends personal narrative, historical fact, and characterizations as this play does. Dr. Carr's engagement with the horror and beauty of such a life is accurate even to the evocation of the life underground."

"'The Kitchen Table' deals with the fabric of community, the safety net of family, and the touchstone of place," Carr explained. "We really lived in that coal mining community, dealing with loss and heartache, as we survived and transcended."

Following each performance, the audience is invited to take part in a "talkback" session, sharing experiences and insights. There is no admission charge to "The Kitchen Table," and the public is encouraged to attend.