LTCC production offers a snapshot of America |

LTCC production offers a snapshot of America

Tribune Daily Tribune

Murder in the heartland — LTCC’s winter production of “The Rimers of Eldritch” opens Feb. 27.

From the small-town gossips and teenage hormones to the boarded-up movie house on a lonely main street, Eldritch is a dying town. Its lingering inhabitants are bonded together through need, love, hate, jealousy and murder. In “The Rimers of Eldritch” playwright Lanford Wilson stabs at the heart of Midwestern America and the conflict of the ideals of the Bible Belt, with the true viciousness that can be found in a small town.

Lake Tahoe Community College drama department will take audiences through a full-length portrait of Eldritch. An ensemble cast slowly reveals this murder mystery through a unique blending of the various characters, flashbacks and overlapping scenes.

Director David Hamilton said he chose “Rimers,” one of Lanford Wilson’s first plays, because it is a modern drama that affords some theatrical challenges for the cast and crew.

“This is a play about the relationships between people,” explained Hamilton. “It is a realistic story that is staged like a poem. It is revealing three or four stories throughout the play, sometimes out of sequence.”

The characters all seem familiar. From the aging town hermit to the popular and pretty high school girl, “Rimers” is a snapshot portrait of America. But don’t fall into stereotypes when trying to understand the currents running through this small town. In the end, what is revealed will catch you by surprise.

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The LTCC production of “The Rimers of Eldritch” will run at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28 and March 1, 6, 7 and 8 in the college theater. A Sunday matinee is scheduled at 2 p.m. March 9. Tickets are available at the theater box office for $7 general admission, $5 for seniors and $4 for students. For more information call (530) 541-4660, Ext. 240. The college is located off Al Tahoe Boulevard at One College Drive.