The play "This Random World (the myth of serendipity)" by Steven Dietz is coming to the Bethel College Stage, set for production at 7:30 pm. April 26 and 27 in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus, 300 E. 27th St., North Newton.
“I chose 'This Random World' for many reasons. But they all hinge on simplicity," said director Damon Klassen, adjunct instructor of theater. “It is elegant and distilled, tackling the heavy subjects of life and death, grief and loss with a simple grace. It is modern and relevant. Hilarious and tragic. It just felt right.”
This "Random World (the myth of serendipity)" runs 90 minutes without intermission and largely comprises a set of two-character short scenes involving a cast of interrelated characters: Scottie, a woman in her 70s; her grown children, 29-year-old Tim and 38-year-old Beth; Tim’s ex-girlfriend, Claire; Claire’s ex-boyfriend, Gary; Scottie’s aide, Bernadette; and Bernadette’s sister, Rhonda.
Tickets are now available in Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center during regular weekday hours and will also be for sale in the Luyken Fine Arts Center box office starting an hour before each performance (subject to availability).
The play contains adult themes and language and is not suitable for young audiences.
The cast of "This Random World (the myth of serendipity)" is Jessie Thomas, sophomore from Sedgwick, as Scottie Ward; Connick Roe, senior from Kingman, as Tim Ward; Emma Beachy, sophomore from Kalona, Iowa, as Beth Ward; Charlotte Ehrmann, freshman from Augusta, as Bernadette; Ellie Bradley, freshman from Newton, as Rhonda; Madison Hofer-Holdeman, senior from Wichita, as Claire; Luke Unruh, junior from Goessel, as Gary; and Griffin Lamp, freshman from Wichita, as Other Tim Ward (60-something).
The crew includes Kelly Habegger, junior from Hesston, stage manager; Laird Goertzen, technical assistant; Paige Kliewer-McClellan, choreography consultant; and stagehands Alix Gallop, junior from La Mirada, Calif., Trae Gehring, freshman from Pretty Prairie, Donté Powell, senior from Southgate, Mich., Nathaniel Schmucker, sophomore from Moundridge, Ashlyn Troyer, junior from Lyons, Kaylee VanderVeen, sophomore from Arvada, Colo., and Caleb Washington, freshman from Wichita.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for non-Bethel students and senior citizens. Bethel students get in free. Thresher Shop hours are weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. — buy tickets in person or order by phone with a credit card at 316-284-5205.