Latest production set to open Friday, April 1
3/30/2011 9:24:23 AM
The following article was published in the Lynchburg News & Advance March 30, 2011. It is reprinted with permission.
By Casey Gillis
Randolph College’s latest production is about the things people will do when their backs are up against the wall.
In "The Visit," the people of a small, financially devastated German town are presented with those choices when former resident Claire Zachanassian returns and promises to help them out.
Now married to a billionaire, she lets them run up a tab, buying the things they haven’t been able to afford, so they owe her.
But there’s a catch: "She wants the town to do her bidding," Archer says. "She has a great plan."
Years earlier, Claire was run out of town, under what he says were illicit circumstances, by the man she was in love with. And now she’s back and out for revenge.
At first, the residents scoff at what she asks of them. But it isn’t long before they start to seriously consider it (that whole backs-against-the-wall thing).
"Together, sometimes, people will do things they would never do individually," Archer says. "They can sort of hide behind the group."
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