‘Coyote on a Fence’ questions morality
By Sarah Barney
Coming soon to the Black Box Theatre at LCC is “Coyote on a Fence,” the first production of the 2017-2018 theatre season. It will debut Friday, Sept. 27.
The play was written by Bruce Graham and is directed by theatre veteran Paige Tufford. It centers around inmates on death row.
“It reveals their characters to us in a way that we may not see – or have an opportunity to see – someone on death row,” Tufford said. “(We) really get to know them and who they are as individuals.”
With a minimal cast of four actors, the play includes two inmates: John Brennan, played by Michael Banghart; and Bobby Reyburn, portrayed by Ben Guenther.
“It’s a play about perspective,” Banghart said. “What I loved about it so much is the question it raises, (which) is, ‘Are we any better for killing these men than they are for committing these crimes?’”
Describing his character, Banghart explained: “He sees himself as an innocent man. He’s been convicted by a trial and his peers, but in his own eyes he’s innocent.”
In contrast, Guenther’s character is a neo-Nazi, who proudly admits his crime. Though he almost didn’t take the role, Guenther said he is glad he accepted it.
“(I enjoy the role) oddly enough,” Guenther said. “I’ve played different roles and this is definitely a role that I have to step out of my comfort zone to play.”
The remaining characters are: New York Times reporter Sam Fried, depicted by Steve Lee; and prison guard Shawna Duchamps, played by rookie Cassidy Greene.
The play will be performed in the Black Box Theatre inside the Gannon Building on Sept. 29 and 30, and Oct. 6 and 7. Showtime is 8 p.m. each day.
Following Saturday performances, post-show discussions will be held on the content of the play.
Tickets at the door are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. For more information, call (517) 483-1488 or visit https://www.lcc.edu/cma/events/lcctix.aspx