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Hit comedy about books and the people who love them opens Sept. 9 at Clackamas Community College

"The Book Club Play" is the final offering in the Clackamas Repertory Theatre season; it follows what happens when a famous documentary filmmaker turns the camera onto the members of a book club.

"We find out how people misbehave when a camera is on them," said Cyndy Smith-English, the executive director of CRT.COURTESY PHOTO: TRAVIS NODURFT - Tom Walton and Mark Schwahn, pictured in last summer's 'Popcorn Falls,' will star in the upcoming season's 'Book Club Play.'

The play opens Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 2 in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College, 19600 S. Molalla Ave., Oregon City.

Familiar faces

David Smith-English, CRT's artistic director and director of the play, noted that Mark Schwahn and Tom Walton, the two actors who were in last summer's CRT outdoor production of "Popcorn Falls," are in the play.

"I am totally looking forward to working with Tom again after 'Popcorn Falls.' He is one of my favorite actors to perform with. 'The Book Club Play' will be our sixth show in a row together," Schwahn said.

He plays Will, the ex-boyfriend of Ana and the college roommate of her husband Rob.

"Will is a fairly uptight museum curator who is very passionate about book club and literature, and who doesn't really approve of reading popular fiction," Schwahn said, adding that Will's past relationships with both Ana and Rob come to the surface in some very surprising ways.

Walton plays Rob, who is a "lovable, underachieving 'yes-man,' who slowly finds a voice and direction through his on-stage, book club revelations," he said.

He added, "I am over-the-moon excited to be onstage with Mark again. I feel as if I have found a timeless artistic partner and I am considering putting a clause in my future contracts that require a part for him as well."

Relationships

Both men said that audiences will appreciate this funny story that doesn't shy away from dealing with relationships, both dysfunctional and genuine.

"Audience members who love to read will enjoy all the discussions about the books that the book club reads and the different characters' reactions to them," Schwahn said.

Audience members who aren't big readers "will enjoy all the dysfunctional relationships between the characters and how they try to hide their secrets from each other and their 'audience' of a documentary film maker," he added.

Walton added, "Audiences will appreciate and enjoy this straightforward story that is very relatable. The dialog is quippy and fun, yet dives into some very genuine moments of relationships that touch everyone."

Join the 'Club'

What: Clackamas Repertory Theatre presents "The Book Club Play"

When: Performances take place Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees, Sept. 9-Oct. 2

Where: Osterman Theatre on the campus of Clackamas Community College, 19600 S. Molalla Ave., Oregon City

Details: Tickets may be purchased at clackamasrepo.org or by calling 503-594-6047


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