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Things Get Eerie at North Lake College

Annual Spring Play Has a Ghostly Feel 

The North Lake College Theatre Department will present “By the Bog of Cats” beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, through Friday, March 9, in the Arena Theater, room P-249. Free to the public, the play’s limited seating begins at 7:40 p.m.
Set on an eerie bog in Ireland, Marina Carr’s “By the Bog of Cats” surrounds the story of lonely and unyielding protagonist Hester Swane. Reminiscent of Euripides’ Medea, Hester seeks to avenge her husband’s betrayal after he leaves her to marry the daughter of the town’s wealthiest farmer. While much of playwright Carr’s work is recent, her powerful voice has been compared to that of the classics, presenting grounded and compelling stories with strongly woven characters.
“I wanted to stretch my students,” Director Alice Butler notes, “It is definitely a challenging drama to tackle.” With strong roles for women and Irish Midland accents, “By the Bog of Cats” does just that. It also promises to entertain with moments of self-sacrifice, greed, betrayal, and murder.
Set Designer Mike McKee is working to create the ghostly feel of the unwelcoming bog as Costume Designer Tory Padden makes her finishing touches. “It’s the most minimalistic set I’ve ever designed or built,” McKee says, “the main idea is that we’re going to treat the floor.” From chipped bark and plexiglass, to mulch and peat, the floor will undergo a variety of treatments and create the bulk of the set. Lighting Designer John Mosely says he plans to achieve the bleak landscape and multiple scene changes through color and differing light levels. “There are all kinds of possibilities. We can create colors that you wouldn’t see in the normal world. You wouldn’t see a sky that normally looks like that,” he notes. “It may even snow,” McKee adds.
The annual spring play is recommended for audiences over age 10.

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