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From the Studio: Stage Left's "Admissions"

The cast of Admissions
Photo: Savanna Rothe
Deborah Marlowe, Tom Sanderson, Pam Kingsley, Susan Hardie and Audrey Overstreet (L–R) get ready to enter the SPR studio

The actors and director of Admissions discuss Joshua Harmon's topical play

The director and several cast members of Joshua Harmon's play Admissions, currently in a run at Stage Left Theater, joined E.J. Iannelli in the studio to talk about the production and perform two brief scenes.

Set around a New England prep school, Admissions looks at a progressive white couple, Sherri and Bill, who are working to diversify the student population. However, their ideals are challenged by self-interest when their son Charlie doesn't get into Yale, yet his biracial best friend does.

Harmon's work won the 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.

The interview included actors Deborah Marlowe, Tom Sanderson, Pam Kingsley and Audrey Overstreet as well as director Susan Hardie. They talked about their characters and how Harmon's play exposes those characters' private feelings on thorny topics like race, class, gender and age.

Kingsley and Marlowe performed one short scene between their characters, Roberta and Sherri. Marlowe and Sanderson later performed a second exchange involving Sherri and Bill.

Admissions runs until Sunday, October 2 at Stage Left Theater in downtown Spokane.

Thursday performances are "pay what you can" with proceeds benefitting the Carl Maxey Center in honor of Sandy Williams. Sunday performances close with an audience talkback session.

E.J. Iannelli is Spokane Public Radio's Arts and Music Director