'Anatomy of Gray'

Ashland High School Theatre will present the 2006 comedy-drama "Anatomy of Gray" by award-winning playwright Jim Leonard.

Leonard's other works include "The Diviners," "And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson," "My Own Country," "Close to Home," "Skin, and Thieves," "The Marshall," "Night Visions," "Kilroy," "Eastwick," "Internal Affairs" and "Cracker."

Leonard weaves the stories of the heartland's settlers at the turn of the century into a redemptive fable for all ages. The play serves a powerful reminder that sometimes in order to find yourself, you must first lose your way.

Set in Indiana during the 1880s, "Anatomy of Gray" deals with loss, faith, love and healing in a unique coming-of-age story.

When June's father dies, she prays for a healer to come to the small town of Gray so that no one will ever suffer again. The next thing she knows, there's a tornado, and a man in a balloon blows into town claiming to be a doctor.

At first, the new doctor cures anything and everything, but soon the town's preacher takes ill with a mysterious plague. And then the plague begins to spread.

The mystery of doctoring and healing is challenged by the beliefs and culture of the simple townspeople. Dr. Galen Gray explains, "Everything good for you has a price."

Betsy Bishop directs the nine ensemble cast members Emma Harding, Ford Murawski-Brown, Aurelia Grierson, Nick McKernan, Derrien Burns, Uriel Wolfe-Blank, Jazmine Dake, Sophie Javna, and Tay Smith. The four musicians are Genevieve Harding, arranger and musical director; Isabelle Austin, Morgan Ginsberg and Phoebe Knowles. Jeffrey Star is the assistant director, Torrie Hood is the stage manager and Jacob Roe-Bauer is the assistant stage manager. Doug Ham is the tech director and set designer. David Pedersen is the assistant tech director and carpenter. Bart Grady is the light designer, and Emily Erlich- Inget is the costume designer mentoring Aubrey Bauer, the costume designer apprentice.

The show will preview at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, for $5. The show will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, and will run at 7:30 p.m. May 2, 7, 8 and 9, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, May 9.

Reserved seating is $14, general seating is $9 and reduced senior and student tickets are $7 only at showtix4u.com. General tickets for $10 are available at Paddington Station, Tree House Books, and Music Coop in Ashland and the AHS main office.

Call 840-6410.

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