For Immediate Release
10 July 2015
Actors Return for Hometown Performance
LEESBURG: Two Leesburg natives, now professional actors based in New York, will bring their new, original stage play back to their hometown for an evening performance on July 31st before premiering the show internationally. Following debut performances in New York City, Emily and Lisa Kitchens, both graduates of Lee County High School, will perform the play Raft at Leesburg’s Robert A. Clay Auditorium prior to showcasing the show in August at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Curtain time for the local performance of Raft is 8:00 p.m. No admission fee will be charged.
Emily and Lisa are sisters who began their theatre studies at Lee County High School, went on to undergraduate studies at the University of Evansville in Indiana, and completed their graduate studies at the renowned American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Each is a professional actor with numerous accomplishments and accolades. Most recently, Emily performed in a leading role at the world-renowned Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and Lisa appeared in a new and critically acclaimed off-Broadway production in New York.
The play Raft is written by Emily Kitchens, and she describes it as “a slanted tale of two sisters adrift, journeying away from the chaos of modern life.” Because the playwright is joined in performance of the play by her real-life sister Lisa, this “sparse poetical play” resonates with special tones, evoking the powerful emotions that audiences will associate with the universal ideas of home and kin. The play features folk music and is described as “a new American folktale” that is both “sincere and absurd.” There is additional information about the play, the production, and the show’s creative team at www.thegrouplab.com.
The two New York City performances and the local performance in Leesburg on July 31st are preview performances in preparation for the show’s international debut in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the Fringe Festival. The month-long festival—the largest theatre art festival in the world— features exceptional new theatre productions from around the globe. Mounting a series of performances at the Fringe is quite a financial challenge, and although there is no admission fee for the local performance, audiences will be invited to make donations to support the hometown artists’ trans-Atlantic venture. A group of local theatre patrons and friends of the Kitchens family are currently soliciting sponsors for the production in memory of Emily and Lisa’s mother Laura Hall, who recently passed away. Those interested in being hometown sponsors are encouraged to contact Patsy Shirley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tax-deductible donations may be made through the local Palladium Foundation, Inc., an organization that supports the theatre arts in Southwest Georgia. Donations may be made also at the production’s website www.thegrouplab.com.