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Huntington Native performs in off Broadway play

September 24, 2018

Wassum

SUNNYSIDE, NEW YORK— Theatre East kicks off its tenth season with Romulus Linney’s masterful play, Holy Ghosts. The play, written by actress Laura Linney’s father, has not been seen in New York for forty years.

Huntington, West Virginia native, Debra Wassum performs as Mrs. Wall. Wassum has performed on stages across the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe and in television and film. This play has been a journey that is both familiar and unfamiliar, having grown up in WV and the Baptist Church.

Helmed by Theatre East Artistic Director Judson Jones, performances will begin September 21 at Urban Stages, 259 W. 30th St., in New York, New York, and continue through October 6.

Mr. Linney said of his work in the New York Times, “The play is funny but it’s not a satire. It takes these rural people seriously. It deals with people who are very desperate. Their religion is not a small thing to them; their humanity is not a small thing to them. The two things are very much mixed together.” Set in present-day rural Tennessee, a group of faithful, broken Pentecostal outcasts find strength in one another as they wrestle with their own serpents and discover their divinity. Nancy Shedman, fleeing her abusive husband, finds herself surrounded by a religious flock and their charismatic leader. A fiery war begins when Nancy’s husband, Coleman, hunts her down.

Romulus Linney died in 2011 in Germantown, New York.

Theatre East is a not-forprofit theatre company whose aim is to “give theatre back to the people one play at a time.” For more information, visit TheatreEast.org.

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