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‘Pluto’ opens Feb. 7 at Tech’s Backdoor Playhouse

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Bailey, played by Andrew Neal, reluctantly listens to Maxine, played by Dallas Stark, in the Backdoor Playhouse production of "Pluto," which opens Feb. 7.

Published Monday Feb 4, 2019

Those who attend the Backdoor Playhouse’s production of “Pluto” at Tennesee Tech will see a different perspective of a topic all too familiar in today’s society.

“School shootings are unfortunately a relevant topic,” said Mark Creter, Backdoor Playhouse artistic director. “This one is about the aftermath of a shooting at a community college.”

This play, published in 2017, is written by Steve Yockey, a Los Angeles-based writer with work produced throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

“I’ve always liked Steve Yockey,” said “Pluto” director Joe Clark. “It only took a few pages in for me to decide on this one. It’s very powerful and unusual.”

Following the tragedy, single mother Elizabeth Miller, played by Prudence van Aalten, and her withdrawn son, Bailey, played by Andrew Neal, try to jump-start their relationship across a breakfast table. But a number of interruptions come into play, such as crazy appliances, shifting astronomy and the talkative new family dog.

“It goes in interesting directions,” Clark said. “There are some sci-fi elements with it as well.”

As for the name “Pluto,” it does refer to the dwarf planet.

“There’s a thematic similarity to the character and the dwarf planet,” Clark said.

Other characters are Cerberus, played by Samia Anderson; Maxine, played by Dallas Stark; and Death, played by Kyusok Lee.

The performances are Feb. 7-12, 15 and 16 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 14 at 10 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for senior citizens and $5 for all students.

The Tuesday, Feb. 12, performance is Tech employee appreciation night. Employees pay $5 with ID.

For more information about the Backdoor Playhouse, visit www.tntech.edu/bdph.

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