Owen performances take on Lockerbie tragedy

From staff reports

Another year of Owen High performing arts kicks off Thursday, Nov. 5 with the theater department’s presentation of “The Women of Lockerbie” and “Cut,” two one-act plays.

The show begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5. The event at the high school will be the only opportunity for the community to see these performances.

On Nov. 6 and 7, the drama students will take the plays to the N.C. Theater Competition at Gardner-Webb University. Owen’s performance there will follow the NCTC rules of competition, whereby each play will last no more than 45 minutes with sets being loaded on and off the stage as a part of that time.

“The plays could not be more different,” Owen drama teacher Lyn Nihart. “They cover the spectrum from surreal comedy to real-life tragedy.”

“The Women of Lockerbie” was written by Deborah Brevoort and follows a New Jersey couple’s return to Lockerbie, Scotland on the seventh anniversary of the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing that killed their son. In the midst of the mother’s search for her son’s remains, she discovers a group of Lockerbie women who are determined to wash the 11,000 articles of clothing obtained from the wreckage and return them to the deceaseds’ families, most of whom are in the United States.

In addition to this gesture of love amidst such horror, the women find themselves in a battle with the U.S. government, which opposes their efforts. While the characters are fictitious, the drama takes place within real historical events.

On a lighter note is the comedy “Cut,” written by Ed Monk, a high school drama teacher from Chantilly, Virginia. The play takes the audience on an unending journey of twists and turns as it pursues a group of actors rehearsing for a play.

“This play within a play begins to confuse all involved as actors and directors become unsure about who is who and what is real,” Nihart said.