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‘American Hero’ to save Black Box

‘American Hero’ to save Black Box
The Lookout

By Hannah Anderson
A & E Editor

Full of themes and humor, the play “American Hero” is coming to LCC’s Black Box Theatre, located in Gannon Building room 168.

“American Hero” will be performed on Fridays and Saturdays, March 17 through 25 at 8 p.m. General seating is $10 and student tickets are $5 at the door.

The play is about three “sandwich artists” striving to achieve the perfect mustard-to-cheese ratio.

Andy Callis, the director of “American Hero,” said the theme of the play is carrying on in the face of adversity and making ethical choices in the face of abandonment.

“Every night it makes me laugh so hard,” Callis said. “Part of that is the skill of the actors … They’re not going overboard with it, but it’s a very funny script and very skillfully written.”

The play is an hour and 10 minutes long, so it is a relatively short play, according to Callis.

“It’s a recent play; I think it’s very relevant and people will see themselves in some of the characters,” Callis said.

Michelle Leri, who plays Jamie, said she enjoys the play because she gets to release a lot of profanity and get out her “inner rage” through her character.

“(The play) is just fun,” Leri said. “There are some kind of heavy things to it, but it’s really just light and fun. People will like coming to it.”

Anna Hill, who plays Sheri, said there are good themes to the play.

“It’s going to be really enjoyable,” Hill said. “Plus, it’s about serious subjects but there’s a lot of humor in it, and it’s not ‘hit-you-over-the-head’ humor. It’s applicable to everyday life.”

Jesse Deardorff-Green plays Ted, a downsized banker whom he describes as a “sweet idiot.” He said there is a lot of witty back-and-forth dialogue between the characters, which makes the play fun.

“I think it’s going to speak to (the audience),” Deardorff-Green said. “It’ll be a nice night out.”

For more information, call Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator Melissa Kaplan at (517) 483-1488 or go to

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