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Thursday, May 12, 2022

HAMILTON-GIBSON'S PRODUCTION OF “THE MAY QUEEN” IS “MOST RELATABLE” AND “HILARIOUS” PLAY CAST MEMBER HAS EVER ACTED IN

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Office Manager Nicole (Christie Howe) instructs Dave Lund (Brett Maynard) on newly imposed office guidelines.
 

When asked if he thought the audience would connect with Hamilton-Gibson’s production of “The May Queen,” Brett Maynard responded, “Everyone is complex. Everyone has a past. Everyone has secrets. This play does a stellar job of reflecting that.

“‘The May Queen’ is beyond relatable because there is so much more to each and every human being than what you see on the surface,” Maynard said. “That includes audience members. And, it’s hilarious, too.”

He continued, “This play just feels more real than others I’ve been in - more organic. It is easily one of the most relatable plays I’ve ever been in, and also probably the funniest.”

Asked if one element of the play really caught his attention, Maynard responded,

“The whole play is gripping, truly, but if I had to pick one element, it would be the dramatic twists and turns that unfold during the show.”

Maynard describes Dave Lund, the character he plays in the Molly Smith Metzler comedy, “as being “a slightly cynical, slightly sarcastic and extremely geeky insurance representative.

“Dave is always focused and hardworking when it comes to his academics but definitely not when it comes to his job. A nobody in high school, he’s working to become a somebody in the field of Psychiatry. Dave’s a loyal and caring friend with a gentle heart. He adores coffee and never gets enough sleep,” Maynard said.

Performances will be in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, May 20 and 21 and May 27 and 28 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.

In the play, Jen Nash, former high school May Queen, returns to her hometown to take a job as an office temp at the local insurance agency. Not only does she have to contend with the perceptions of her coworkers and former classmates Lund and Gail Gillespie, but also with Mike Petracca, who, as a senior, had nominated her to be the 1999 May Queen and now wants to reconnect with her.  

For the HG production, in addition to Maynard portraying Dave, Emily Cornell plays Jen Nash; Christie Howe is Nicole, the obnoxiously condescending and underqualified boss; Vince Nance is Mike; and Jennifer Purnell is Gail.

Admission is $16 for adults ages 19 and up and $8 for students, 18 and under.

Order tickets in advance at hgp.booktix.com or by calling the HG office at 570-724-2079 with credit card information.

Sponsors of this show are Elite Therapy (Chris Jones); Drs. Maria Cruz and Edgar Wong; and Dr. Rick and Karen Doganiero.

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