The show centers around four women who produce an obscure comic book called “The Blue Staircase” and achieve sudden, unexpected popularity at a comic book convention when a major website runs a glowing article about them. Director Tony Bowers said the quad’s misadventures make for great theater.
“It’s a fun, fast-paced comedy set in the world of comic/science fiction fandom that the entire family will be able to enjoy,” Bowers said.
Thrilled by the sudden increase in demand, the four young women encounter a variety of eccentric convention attendants, from pretentious movie executives to quirky comic book junkies.
“One who has ever attended a convention will find something or someone they will recognize,” Bowers said.
“Convention” opens Friday at 8 p.m. Other show dates are Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. and Sept. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m.
Bowers said Pumphouse is the first community theater in the state to produce “Convention,” which is produced by Mike Harris and stars Lucy Simpson, Alaina Anderson, Jen Garrett, Jessica Terry, Stephen Mullinax, Alex Lavelle, Timothy Whalen, Andrew Bearden, Mike Davis, Kandy Arnold, Ivy Arnold, Dana O’Bryan, Christie Peters, Cathy McDaniel, Catherine Agan, Rebecca Simpson, Jillian Humphreys, Missi Reynolds, Ashleigh Woodall and Joey Wright. Bowers, who has been with the Pumphouse Players since 2009 and also served on the Board of Directors for the past year, takes the helm as director for the second time and said the cast has taken a shine to the production.
“Most of my cast are big comic book and science fiction fans to begin with,” Bowers said. “The fun for them has been using their experiences to help bring the characters to life. We’ve had a lot of fun on this show.”
Tickets are $10 for Pumphouse Player members, $12 for groups of ten or more and $14 for general admission.
“Convention in addition to just being a very funny play also shows a side of the world that some people very seldom see,” Bowers said.
Information: (770) 387-2610 or visit www.pumphouseplayers.com.