JOPLIN, Mo. —
It was the best of stories, it was the worst of -- no, "A Tale of Two Cities" is only the best of stories, said Jeremey Wolfe. The Charles Dickens story is one of his favorites by the author.
"The people seem real. They are flawed," Wolfe said. "They show their flaws, but they also overcome those flaws. And it's not just (main character Sydney) Carton's sacrificing. Others sacrifice also, and that's why I like it the most. It's the idea of the redemption that comes with sacrifice."
Wolfe directs Stained Glass Theatre's stage production of "A Tale of Two Cities." The play debuted Thursday and runs until Sunday at the new Irving Elementary, located at 2901 S. McClelland Blvd.
Featuring a cast of almost 35 actors, the play is an abbreviated version of Dickens' tale adapted by Laura Eason that concentrates on the character of Sydney Carton. Set against the upheaval in Paris caused by the French Revolution and the relatively peaceful environment enjoyed in London, Carton deals with his unrequited love of a woman who marries someone else.
As Carton's story unfolds, it brings to light of what it means to sacrifice what people want, Wolfe said. Playing Carton is Malachi Murdock.
"Sydney is a flawed man, and (Murdock) plays that up," Wolfe said. "There's a paradox of who he is and who he wants to be. How he shows the world a hard, bitter person, and how he shows just a few people the kindness within him."
The focus on Carton helps get the story moving more quickly, Wolfe said, and allows Dickens' characters to shine.
Other cast members include Drew Aggus, Lee Doss, Tom Black, Andrea Hurley, Jonathon Roesler, Ann Wolfe, Andrew Clanton, Travis Hurley, Bethany Mullins, Jordan Murdock, Robert Brand, Gabrielle Roesler, Mary McWethy, Padon Murdock, Zachary Roesler, Justin Piercy, Adam Stokes, David Cheek, Andrew Clanton, Caleb Hurley, Preston White, Sam Spaulding, Zachary Roesler, Ashden Provins, Erica Stillians, Luke Aggus, Jude Wolfe, Emily Mullins, Shy Rees and Alicia Roesler. Crew members include Lydia Wolfe, Shea Dalton, Lauren Spaulding and Elijah Wolfe.
Want to go?
"A Tale of Two Cities" will be presented today through Sunday, March 9, at Irving Elementary, located at 2901 S. McClelland Blvd. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $8, $5 for children.