'Extremities' to open Oct. 21 at The Legion Theatre
by Marie Nesmith
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From left, Stacy Vaccaro, Emily McFadden and Aliya Hutcheson rehearse a scene from “Extremities,” which will open Oct. 21 at The Legion Theatre. Portraying roommates in the drama, the actresses are discussing the fate of Raul, a captured attempted-rapist. SPECIAL
From left, Stacy Vaccaro, Emily McFadden and Aliya Hutcheson rehearse a scene from “Extremities,” which will open Oct. 21 at The Legion Theatre. Portraying roommates in the drama, the actresses are discussing the fate of Raul, a captured attempted-rapist. SPECIAL
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Describing the script for "Extremities" as "moving" and "powerful," Barry King is pleased to bring playwright William Mastrosimone's thriller to the Cartersville stage this month. As the director for the Pumphouse Players production, King believes "Extremities" is a skillfully composed drama, which -- although a fictional piece -- is based in reality.

"The reason I wanted personally to direct it, to put it into the season and submit it is because I first saw the film in 1986 with Farrah Fawcett," King said. "It was a play back in 1982 that turned into a movie in 1986. I just thought it was a really well-written film and story about fighting back against an attacker.

"Moving and powerful are two words that describe it perfectly. A lot of people are under a misconception about this play. A lot of people say, 'Oh, that's the play where the lady gets raped.' But that is not true. She does not get raped," he said, referring to the character of Marjorie. "He attacks her with the intent of raping her but she actually fights back against him and then turns the tables on him. ... She spends almost the entire first quarter of the play with him alone in the house. [Her roommates] actually come home later. It's basically a morality discussion between the three roommates at that point about what to do with him. There's three different points of view of what they should do."

To be held at The Legion Theatre, 114 W. Main St. in Cartersville, "Extremities" will be presented Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. The four-member cast will include Kip Henderson as Raul, the attacker; Stacy Vaccaro as Marjorie; Aliya Hutcheson as Terry; and Emily McFadden as Patricia.

The Pumphouse Players also will submit "Extremities" to the Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards, which will present accolades next year. The MAT awards recognize plays and individual performances in community and non-union professional theater.

According to www.matawards.com, "The Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards, founded by Russ Ivey, originated in October of 2004 with the intention of recognizing those hardworking individuals that put their time and effort into community and non-union professional theater. There are many aspiring actors that would like to be given recognition for their skills and dedication to the performing arts. Many of those are of the desire to build their resume so that they will be given more audition opportunities.

"Secondly, many theaters have a hard time marketing themselves so they can draw not only an audience, but a lot of the talent to their shows. This is where the MAT Awards come in. The 'MAT' is one of 31 different categories that are presented on an annual basis. Each year, an award ceremony is held to present those awards to the individuals/theaters that have put the time and effort into making their productions great."

Tickets for "Extremities" are $12 for general admission and $10 for Pumphouse Players' members and groups of 10 or more. Due to the production's adult language and situations, no one younger than 17 will be admitted without a parent.

For more information or to obtain tickets, visit www.pumphouseplayers.com or call 770-387-2610.