UNION — The USC Union Players will present a “comedy of bad manners” Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with their production of “Magnificent Secession.”
The play, which will be performed at the USC Union Auditorium Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m., is, according to cast member and co-writer Dick Anderson, about a group of people who want Hawaii to secede from the United States of America and for the United States to pay for the secession.
Anderson, a member of the USC Union Theatre Department, said the idea is an absurd one, made even more absurd by the fact that everyone involved in the secession effort seems particularly clueless about how to make it happen. Another level of absurdity is that none of the actors playing the characters —including the Hawaiian characters — are Hawaiian.
While the production is a stage play, Anderson said it is presented as a radio show from the 1940s with the characters standing on stage at their microphones reading from their scripts as was done in those days. Anderson said that this play-within-a-play format produces additional opportunities for laughter. He said that in addition to the absurdity of the plot and the clueless characters another layer of humor is the comedic goings on in the studio as the radio show careens from one in-studio calamity to another.
Anderson said the production is based very loosely on the play “How to Secede in Hawai’i”by Cindy Mackey. He said that while Magnificent Secession follows the outline of Mackey’s play, it has been rewritten by the cast to eliminate most (though not all) of the profanity.
Rewriting — and performing — the play are the USC Union Players Zack Fraim, Julia Keppel, Bob Lammey, Dillon Sailors, Tatiana Ferguson, Mary Scarborough, and Anderson himself.
Admission to Magnificent Secession is $5 for adults and $3 for faculty and students from USC Union and other local educational institutions.
For more about Magnificent Secession go to www.uscunionplayers.com.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.