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Students to Perform Play About Katrina Animal Rescue

Posted: April 15, 2014

The Wilson College Drama Club will perform a powerful play about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, seen through the eyes of a young man who volunteered to help rescue the pets left behind. Performances of Because They Have No Words will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, in Laird Hall.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE
: April 9, 2013
CONTACT: Richard Shoap, Adjunct Theater Instructor
Phone: 717-264-4011
Email: richard.shoap@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – The Wilson College Drama Club, known as the Kittochtinny Players, will perform a powerful play about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, seen through the eyes of a young man who volunteered to help rescue the pets left behind. Performances of Because They Have No Words will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, in Laird Hall. Admission to the shows, which are open to the public, is free but donations are gratefully accepted.

Because They Have No Words, written by Tim Maddock and Lotti Louise Pharriss, is an autobiographical play that tells the story of Tim, a young man who travels to New Orleans in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina. Tim volunteers to help with the rescue of pets and other domestic animals left behind in the evacuations, expecting to perform support activities like cleaning cages, walking dogs and answering the phone. Instead, he finds himself going into the city and surrounding parishes to perform the actual rescue of animals left behind.

Moved by the plight of the animals and the distress of the displaced owners desperately trying to find their pets, Tim is motivated to track down some of the rightful owners so that they can be reunited. In the course of his trip, Tim encounters not only the physical and psychic devastation of the storm, but also issues of racism, bureaucratic incompetence, theft of animals by some of the volunteers and the effects of displacement on residents of the city.

Parents considering bringing children should be aware that the play includes strong language and mature themes, such as the death of animals, racism and sexual orientation.

Wilson’s production features Patrick Fox, a sophomore from Chambersburg, in the lead role of Tim. Other Wilson cast members are senior Samantha Klopp, freshman Myah Quirin, junior Johanna Romain, adult student Carol Zehosky and freshman Nicole Zuleger. The cast also includes two non-student actors: Gabriel Magloire and Dan W. Pittman.

Maddock, a Los Angeles writer and actor who has appeared in several productions of the play, will visit Wilson and attend the April 25 performance. He is scheduled to participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience and will attend classes and meetings with Wilson students and faculty.

The production is directed by Wilson Adjunct Instructor of Theater Richard Shoap, who was introduced to the play by Wilson English Professor Lisa Woolley, who discusses it in her “Writing About Literature and the Environment” class.

Maddock’s visit to campus is being funded by the Wilson’s drama club, diversity team and the Office of Academic Affairs.

For more information, contact Shoap at 717-264-4141 or richard.shoap@wilson.edu.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 25 majors and master’s degrees in education, the humanities and accountancy. Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation.

Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college has a fall 2013 enrollment of 662, which includes students from 20 states and 14 countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.

Last Updated: April 15, 2014