Oologah drama students will perform “Postlude: A Play for the Moment” on Friday as their annual spring production.
The play by Jerome McDonough is set in a world destroyed by nuclear and biological warfare.
Oologah has presented McDonough’s plays before. Drama coach Jennifer Denslow said his plays are always intense and very topical.
Students are familiar with post-apocalyptic themes because of television shows such as “The Walking Dead” and “Revolution.” Denslow said nuclear threats coming fromNorth Koreaalso make the play relevant.
“I know that we’re going to do a comedy for our next one act play entry so I was willing to do something a little dark and serious,” Denslow said. “It’s a great showcase for our actors and it’s artistically challenging.”
The play is set 100 years in the future. Unthinkable world destruction has occurred with land masses disappearing because of melting permafrost and volcanic eruptions and fires covering the earth in a red haze.
In this post-apocalyptic nightmare, a small group of survivors clings to life and tries to remain humane and moral, but they face scavengers and a trio of tyrants. The tyrants are the play’s three lead characters.
“They used the power vacuum to take control and terrorize the average citizens who are just trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world,” Denslow said.
Denslow’s students fell in love with the play when they read it and some of them were eager to play the villains. The tyrants are the “Jackal” played by Skylar Boyd, the “Temptress” played by Kiersten Stapleton and the “Despot” played by Ethan Williams.
Denslow said they’ve nicknamed the three tyrants the “Caesars” in rehearsals.
Other cast members are Destiny Coleman as “the silent woman,” Sydney Carman as “Mudra,” Eli Hammond as “Pateren,” Hannah Ledford as “Virghu,” Kari Tulsa as “Hulaf,” Mollie Deal as “Diram,” Josh Vire as “Nanchet,” Layce Day as “Innoce,” Alex Weare as “Licentious,” Elora Connelly as “Covet” and Beth Clark as “Muerta.”
RidgeClarkis the stage manager.
Denslow said the technical crew is excited to use a new lighting board for the first time in the 35-minute production of “Postlude.”
The performance starts at 7 p.m. Friday in the Will Rogers Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children 13 and under admitted free.
“This is a great occasion for community members to come support our program and see some great entertainment,” Denslow said.