As promised, today I want to share a glimpse of the story and characters of The Nova Theater, our newest play (premiering tomorrow!!). Here’s a plot summary:
“The cast and crew of the Nova Theater have one chance to prove their worth—but the odds are not in their favor. Director Andrew Jarvis is hounded by critics who scorn his moral principles, his lighting designer just quit, and his show’s leading lady tyrannizes the whole theater. Add to that a temperamental costume designer and an eccentric new lighting director, and Andrew’s hopeful vision for his theater grows fainter by the day. But with the support of a few old and new friends, he’s determined not to give up. His friends, however, carry burdens of their own; only by working together and trusting in an unseen Guide can these comrades find light when darkness surrounds them.”
I get asked why it’s called the “Nova” Theater and what that means. And, although I can’t fully explain (you just have to watch the play), I can at least point you in the right direction. Nova is a noun derived from a Latin root, novus (“new”), and it means “a sudden brightening of a previously inconspicuous star.” The implications of that you’ll have to decide for yourself when you watch the drama.
If you live within driving distance of Salem, IL, and are interested in attending, here are the performance dates and times:
Sunday, December 9, at 4:00pm
Tuesday, December 11, at 6:30pm
Wednesday, December 12, at 6:30pm
If you want to watch the play but aren’t close enough to attend in person, we will be live-streaming Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s performances on Facebook! You can watch the live video feed via our director’s Facebook page, and we’ll be posting the recording on our own Facebook page next week. We hope the story of Andrew and his friends delights and inspires you!