May 12-16, Mary Baldwin University Theatre will present its final show of its season, James Caputo’s unintended comedy, The Onion of Existence. Guest director, Nancy Kiracofe has put together a cast of Mary Baldwin students and Staunton locals in this hilarious piece about a playwright, named John, who suffers from a serious case of writer’s block only to receive help from the characters in his own play. Meanwhile, John is too focused on developing his play to notice that his marriage to his wife, Joan, is deteriorating right in front of him.
John, the playwright, is played by Mike Vayvada and Mary Baldwin student, Jacqueline Wrenn plays his wife, Joan. The two characters from John’s play are portrayed by Mary Baldwin student, Simone Williams and Brian Bell with a “Bit Player” played by Mary Baldwin student, Kate Given.
Formally a Staunton resident, real-life playwright, James Caputo now lives in California where he is an actor, director, and an award-winning playwright. Past plays of his have been selected for the NYC Underground Festival, the Harvest Theatre Competition, and the Ashland Oregon Festival in which he was a winner. Mary Baldwin University Theatre is pleased to offer this thoughtful, light work by this former local artist.
The Onion of Existence runs from May 12-15 at 7:30 pm with a matinee performance on Sunday, May 16 at 2:00 pm in the Fletcher Collins Theater in the Deming Fine Arts Building. Ticket prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults.