Black Box Theatre presents Out of Sterno by Deborah Laufer

Nora Thomas, Marissa Bond, and Rafael Medina in Out of Sterno at the Black Box Theatre.
Nora Thomas, Marissa Bond, and Rafael Medina in Out of Sterno at the Black Box Theatre.
Out of Sterno by Deborah Zoe Laufer and directed by Ceil Herman runs January 27 – February 12 at the Black Box Theatre.

Dotty’s life in Sterno with her husband, Hamel, is absolutely perfect. It’s a fairy tale, it really is. True, in their seven years of marriage Hamel has forbidden her to leave their tiny apartment or speak to anyone, but Dotty is so very happy to spend her days watching video re-enactments of the day they first met. When a phone call from a mysterious woman threatens to tear their world asunder, Dotty must venture out into the vast city of Sterno, and try to discover what it is to be a “real” woman.

Out of Sterno is a coming-of-age play in an Alice in Wonderland world. It explores the triumph and heartbreak of growing up and the contradictory societal pressures women face just trying to make it across town. Veteran actors Nora Thomas, Marissa Bond, Rafael Medina, and David Reyes make up the cast of this entertaining and engaging play. Lana Eckman is costume designer, Peter Herman designed lights and set, Karen Ross is stage manager, McKensie Karnes is the light board operator, and Darrel Lowry is the backstage crew.

Out of Sterno opens Friday, January 27, and runs through Sunday, February 12. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. are on February 5 and 12, and there is a Thursday evening performance on February 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 regular admission and $12 for students and seniors over 65. Thursday tickets are $10. Reservations can be made by calling 523-1223

T.J. George performs at the Black Box Theatre Sunday, January 29

T.J. George is an award-winning songwriter who has written for television and movies, and with multiple top-ten hit makers. He will be performing at the Black Box Theatre Sunday, January 29, at 7 p.m.

George has three solo CDs: Melodic Groove, Abilene, and Fragmented Soul: Volume 1. He also has a CD which is a shared effort with fellow songwriter Jasey Schnaars titled TJC-One. His newest solo release, titled Fragmented Soul: Volume 1 is for sale via digital download.

George’s influences are a fusion of Pop, R&B, Folk and Blue-Eyed Soul to create what he calls Melodic Groove. He performs nationally and is taking his brand of Melodic Groove to an unlimited audience. George recently performed for the nationally distributed Songs at the Center on PBS and also effectively delivered a Ted-X talk which weaved music and a personal story that connected with folks universally.

George has shared the stage with award-winning songwriter and international touring artist Jesse Terry and opened for artists such as Maxwell Hughes of The Lumineers and national touring artist Joe Crookston.

Tickets are $10. Reservations can be made by calling 523-1223.