“Quills” a challenge for actors, audience

"Quills" on the GWC stage told the story of the Marquis de Sade.

“Quills” on the GWC stage told the story of the Marquis de Sade (GWC photo).

By Casey N. Wilson/Western Sun staff writer

Golden West’s theater arts program constantly brings new stories to life. We have a variety of shows and this month’s play, “Quills” definitely piqued my interest

“Quills’ follows the story of a man who has been imprisoned in a French insane asylum in the 1800s. The Marquis de Sade has committed unspeakable crimes and spends his time writing about them in traumatizing detail, much to the chagrin of the asylum staff.  His stories eventually make him a target.

The talented cast includes Scott Kesiter, Erik Scott, Renee Pelagie, Jeremy Krasovic, Paul Jasser, Heather Wallace, Shely Saccehette, Lynne Pham and Justice Musick.

Director Tom Amen said of the actors “I think people will be surprised by the power of the play itself, along with the total commitment of the actors to such challenging roles. I’m extremely proud of the cast we’ve assembled, and I believe that each of them are doing exceptional work; we have all had to travel outside of our comfort zone’s on this one, and I am pleased to report that they are all approaching the work with great integrity, sensitivity, maturity, and mutual respect. “

While the content of the play made me a bit uneasy, I was completely impressed with the acting. It is not easy to bring this sort of play to life and keep audiences entertained and “Quills” did just that.

“It is an adult play, and college is an adult environment; we don’t censor ourselves when we choose plays for production, but rather rely upon the discretion of the individual patron. As a matter fact, this is a question posed by the protagonist of the play: Is the artist to also become the editor, or is it incumbent upon the patron of the arts to choose for themselves what is acceptable and comfortable? “ said Amen.

Quills is considered a comedy, there are plenty of cheeky one-liners that made the audience chuckle. While this play will  make you laugh, there are dark themes that may make you squirm. If you are uncomfortable with mature themes (nudity and references to assault), this play would not be for you.

But if you enjoy dark comedies that push the envelope, “Quills” was definitely worth watching.

Quills ran from March 11-20 at the Main Stage Theatre. Quills was written by  Doug Wright. This production contains nudity, adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

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