2012-06-15 / Arts & Entertainment

Trustus Theatre presents Almost an Evening

Photo by Jason Steelman Photo by Jason Steelman This June, Trustus Theatre is bringing Almost an Evening to the Trustus Black Box. This hilarious show is a collection of three one-acts by famed Oscarwinning screenwriter Ethan Coen of The Coen Brothers ( No Country for Old Men, O Brother Where Art Thou, and The Big Lebowski). The Trustus production is a unique theatrical event for Columbia theatre-goers where three directors will work with one cast to tell these three distinctive stories.

Almost an Evening is part of Trustus’ Late Night Series and runs in tandem with Avenue Q. The show opens on Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. The production continues through June 30 with Wednesday shows at 7:30 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays at 11:15 p.m.

Almost an Evening consists of Waiting, Four Benches, and Debate. The first one-act Waiting begins with a man named Nelson (Gerald Floyd) sitting in a waiting room with a testy receptionist (Vicky Saye Henderson). However, this is no ordinary waiting room. After various appointments with paperpushers, Nelson begins to realize that he’s waiting to get into Heaven or Hell – but which? His wait, which spans thousands of years, becomes the cause of great frustration as he anticipates the answers for which he’s been searching.

In Four Benches a voyage to self-discovery takes a British intelligence agent (Kendrick Marion) to steam baths in New York and Texas and to park benches in the U.S. and the U.K. Warning: there may be some male nudity.

The final show of the evening Debate opens on a new play happening somewhere off-off-off-off Broadway. “God Who Judges” (Shane Silman) spars with “God Who Loves” (Gerald Floyd) in the show. Post curtain, some audience members find themselves in the same restaurant as the actor who plays the judgmental deity. Without a doubt, chaos ensues.

Trustus Theatre is located at 520 Lady Street behind the Gervais Street Publix. Parking is available on Lady Street and on Pulaski Street. The Black Box Theatre entrance is through the glass doors on the Huger Street side of the building.

Almost an Evening opens Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday, June 30. Shows on Wednesdays start at 7:30 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays at 11:15 p.m., following the Main Stage performances of Avenue Q. The doors and box office open 30 minutes prior to curtain, and all Black Box tickets are $15. Reservations can be made by calling the Trustus Box Office at 803-254-9732.

For more information or reservations call the box office Tuesdays through Saturdays 1-6 p.m. at 803- 254-9732.

Visit www.trustus.org for all show information and season info.

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