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Last 3 performances for Wellsboro play

PHOTO PROVIDED Ryan Dalton, above, plays a young, fast-food worker whose connection to his restaurant’s mascot has been destroyed.

The last three performances of Hamilton-Gibson’s production of “Stray Cats” will be in the Warehouse Theatre, 3 Central Ave., Wellsboro at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Written by Warren Leight, “Stray Cats” blends humor, sadness and music in a unique way.

The cast includes seasoned actors Thomas Putnam, Ryan Dalton and Rob Kathcart along with Dave Driskell performing on his saxophone. The actors each play roles about men called “cats” who present their different stories through monologues.

“As with all of the characters in this play, what is not said reveals much about each one,” said Putnam.

Dalton is featured in two monologues. The first is “Good-bye Jack” in which he plays a kid who works at the drive-thru window at Jack-in-the-Box. The night they take the clown away he realizes he’s “just another little drive-thru guy in orange and brown, alone on the graveyard shift. In “Diary of a Voyeur,” Dalton plays a writer who, instead of meeting his deadlines, spends months obsessing and writing about a couple in a window across his courtyard.

Kathcart is “Jocko The Clown” who is backstage at a moment of crisis and suffers from extreme “mime block.” In “Ol’ Gator.” he plays an aging TV weatherman whose farewell apology skids into a near breakdown after he has been kicked off the air for politically incorrect statements.

Putnam performs the first monologue of the show, “Alone, But Not Lonely” in which he plays Tom who “shares” at a twelve-step support group on Valentine’s Day. In “The Poem Writer,” Putnam is a man, who, after having a little too much to drink, delivers a bitter, funny, self-loathing, self-aggrandizing speech to the Poem Writers Guild.

Driskell weaves their stories together by playing his improvisational jazz music between each monologue. He then joins the others in the final scene about a street saxophone player.

Tickets will not be sold at the door and must be ordered in advance and prepaid online at hgp.booktix.com or by calling the HG office at 570-724-2079 with credit card information.

Seating is limited. Reserved seats allow HG to meet pandemic social distancing protocols. All audience members are asked to wear masks and have their temperatures taken upon entering the building.

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