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Chandler presents a staged reading of Maura Campbell's play, Desert Bloom or The Boy and the Watermelons

Sun May 29th, 2016 7pm-10pm
Chandler Center for the Arts
Venue: Chandler Center for the Arts
71-73 Main St., Randolph, VT 05060 (Map) (Set as Local)
Chandler presents a staged reading of Maura Campbell's play, <i>Desert Bloom</i> or <i>The Boy and the Watermelons</i> Randolph Vermont

On Sunday May 29th at 7 PM, Chandler presents a staged reading of Maura Campbell's play, Desert Bloom, or The Boy and the Watermelons. Campbell's story of four child soldiers alone and awaiting orders is directed by Jeanne Beckwith and Maura Campbell. Beckwith calls it "a touching and poetic piece of theater that mixes the absurd with the sublime."

The play is a parable about 4 children who attempt to establish order and reason in an apocalyptic land. Zenby, Praddah and Blix guard an abandoned ruin, passing the time telling fantastical stories. Their boredom and hunger is relieved when Geeda arrives, bringing food and news. But soon their playmaking takes a darker turn: they hear a girl's faint, impossible cry deep in the rubble below, like the lone voice of humanity. With their meager resources can they, and should they, save her?

Campbell, a former resident of Randolph, now divides her time between Burlington and Pompano Beach, Florida. She has an MFA in Playwriting from Hollins University and will be studying New Play Directing this summer with Playwrights' Horizons founder Bob Moss, also at Hollins University.

Tickets for adults are $10 in advance or $12 day-of-show. Student tickets are $5 at all times. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Chandler Box Office at (802) 728-6464 between 3 and 6 PM weekdays.

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