School Shootings Are Center Stage At Weekend Play Starring Local Kids

posted by Joel Malkin - 

A stage show in West Palm Beach, starring student actors, is inspired by shootings such as the one that happened at Columbine High School in 1999.  It focuses heavily on the need for help when it comes to children battling mental illnesses and a lack of understanding on that by society in general.

We speak with the Director of "The Beautiful Dark," Bob Carter, who is the Artistic Director at The Actor's Workshop and Repertory Company.  

The show runs Friday - Friday, September 29  - Sunday, October 1 and Friday, October 6 - Sunday, October 8 at the Bhetty Waldron Theatre in West Palm Beach.

Show Trivia:

The child who plays "Charlie" is Charlie Blackwell, son of former local TV news anchor Ric Blackwell.  He is one of at least two kids in the family with the acting bug.  Charlie's sister, Taylor Blackwell, has appeared in the film "Dolphin Tale 2" and the TV show "Grey's Anatomy."

Here's more information on the production, "The Beautiful Dark."

In a small town in the Midwest, high-school principal Nancy Weller’s life is turned upside down when her 18-year-old son, Jacob, fails out of college and returns home. He’s angry, moody and unwilling to do anything except sleep. A past suicide attempt has Nancy on edge that Jacob might try to hurt himself again. She’s devastated to learn that Jacob, living on his own at college, stopped taking his psychiatric medication and now refuses to go to therapy. Enlisting the help of her ex-husband, Tom, and her younger son, Charlie, she’s determined to get Jacob back on track, whether he likes it or not. Nancy bargains, coerces, pleads, even tears down his bedroom door to get his attention. She finally convinces Jacob to enroll in community college and do something productive with his life. From this deceitful calm, however, Jacob’s former girlfriend from college shows up, and Nancy makes a startling discovery: Jacob didn’t fail out of college; he was kicked out for writing a graphic play about an on-campus killing spree, carried out by a young man who sounds eerily like her son. As the evidence mounts against Jacob, Nancy is forced to confront her darkest fear: Is her son capable of the unthinkable? And can she stop him before it’s too late?

Click Here for ticket information and more on Bob Carter's Actor’s Workshop & Repertory Company.

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