ART of WNY Presents SHINE, Now thru 5/17
The American Rep Theater of WNY concludes the highly acclaimed 2013-14 season with a world premiere of the original work, SHINE, written by Matthew LaChiusa tonight, April 24th and runs until May 17th.
White lightning,mountain dew, hooch, and Tennessee white whiskey are terms used to describe high-proof distilled spirits, generally produced illicitly ... otherwise known as Moonshine!
In the backwoods of Tennessee the McCormick's still has been producing top-notch moonshine for two generations that has quenched many a drinker's thirst. But in 1964 times are a changing and a new generation will take over the operations. With a persistent state senator out to protect investments, the blight of racism in the Deep South, and a dream to escape this life, the youngest McCormick must decide between holding onto a family legacy or letting the still go.
Local award winning writer, Matthew LaChiusa, crafted SHINE reminiscent of Thorton Wilder's OUR TOWN, but soaked with a jar of moonshine with a dedicated attention to the storytelling style found in Americana folklore literature.
Matthew LaChiusa will direct a talented group of actors including local award nominated actor David C Mitchell (LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR), with
Michae lLeszczynski (SEE THE SCREAMS), and three of the recent BLOODY BLOODY ANDREWS JACKSON cast members Michael Wachowiak ,Carolyn Lansom , and Billy Horn as well as a newcomer to the Art stage Gabriel Robere'.
SHINE can be seen at ART in Box, American Repertory Theater of WNY's newly renovated performance space.