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Collector of Jack Tales Returns to Ferrum College in a One-Person Show

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February 6, 2003
Lisa J. Bowling,  (540) 365-4307

     Ferrum College senior drama major Tony Pica will present the one-person play “Tradition Will Never Die” on February 20 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Flexible Theatre, Schoolfield Hall.

     Pica, a resident of Yorktown, Va., will portray Richard Chase, collector of the Jack Tales. The fifty-minute play is a reproduction of a night in 1978 that Chase spent at Ferrum singing, dancing, and doing Jack Tales. The play will be the final product of Pica’s yearlong research, writing and developing.

     Professor of Drama R. Rex Stephenson, who is directing the play, said, “This is one of the most interesting directing jobs I’ve ever had because I knew Chase. It’s the first time I’ve ever directed a show that was on a person I knew.” Stephenson’s personal experiences with Chase and Pica’s research were compiled together to create “Tradition Will Never Die,” which includes dances, songs, harmonica numbers, and even a Jack Tale.

     All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephenson at (540) 365-4335.

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