CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre will stage a production of “Dolly West’s Kitchen,” May 7-9 and May 15-17 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.
The World War II-era play by Frank McGuinness explores how Ireland’s neutrality in the war created a difficult atmosphere. It continues the 2014-15 theater season theme of “War and Remembrance.”
In the play, the witty and educated Dolly West has returned to her hometown from Italy to care for her elderly mother and siblings. The town of Buncrana in Northern Ireland sits close to the British port of Derry, where American and British soldiers are gathered in case Hitler makes it that far. In Dolly’s kitchen, Irish men and women, an English soldier and two G.I.s struggle with love, the disastrous effect of the war and the difficult position of remaining neutral.
Guest director Jade Rosina McCutcheon said she is drawn to the blending of human relationships with real world issues in the production. “The cost of war is enormous but so is the cost of losing your country to another,” she said. “This play will give us all plenty to reflect on.”
The cast features Oregon State students Joe Cullen as Marco; Burke De Boer as Jamie; Diana Jepsen as Dolly; Pamela Mealy as Esther; Reed Morris as Justin; Annie Parham as Anna; Alex Small as Alec; and Cory Warren as Ned. OSU Theatre Arts faculty member Charlotte Headrick joins the cast as Rima West.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. May 7-9 and May 15-16, with a 2 p.m. matinee on May 17. Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors; $8 youth/student; and $5 for OSU students. They can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ or by calling the box office at 541-737-2784. Contact the box office for disability accommodations, faculty/staff discounts or group ticket sales.