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'43 Presidents'

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By James Roberts

A single gunshot rings out inside University Theater. Only silence follows. A U.S. president is dead.

A cast of six is offering a peek into the lives of 43 American presidents as Campbellsville University's theater department presents "43 Plays for 43 Presidents."

The play, which mixes comedy and drama with political history, will be performed Oct. 2-4 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. in the University Theater.

According to Erica Moon, assistant to CU's director of theater and also technical director for the show, "43 Plays" presents "two-minute plays on the history of each president. Each play enacts a brief moment in the life of each of its subjects."

Throughout the play, the actors don a blue jacket, representing the presidency.

The subject matter is fitting, Moon said, considering that a presidential election is just a month away.

"It will provoke people to go out and vote and is a great history lesson."

The cast for the play includes: Kiel Thorlton, a junior from Auburn, Ky.; Amber Wimsatt, a junior from Elizabethtown, Ky.; David Emerson, a freshman from Dunnville, Ky.; Casey Anne Bradstreet, a senior from Bath, N.Y.; Amanda Edmondson, a sophomore from Morganfield, Ky.; and Joshua Pennington, a freshman from Liberty, Ky.

"43 Plays For 43 Presidents" was written by Andy Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, Genevra Gallo, Chlo Johnston and Karen Weinberg.

General admission is $5, while Campbellsville University faculty and staff tickets are $1 and CU students get in free with their student ID.

For more information about the play or to reserve tickets, contact Moon at 789-5266 or e-mail elmoon@campbellsville.edu.

- Staff Writer James Roberts can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 226 or by e-mail at writer@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.