WHY TORTURE IS WRONG,
AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM
By Christopher Durang, the clown-prince of American absurdists
April 5-7; 11-13 @ 8 PM
Sunday, April 6 @ 2 PM
This production contains adult language and situations.
Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them tells the story of a young woman in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father’s hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Does her mother go to the theater frequently to seek mental escape, or is she just insane? Add in a minister who directs porno, and a ladylike operative whose underwear just won’t stay up, and this black comedy will make us laugh all the way to the waterboarding room.
Meet the Cast
SEAN BONNETTE (Director/Actor) studied acting at West Virginia University and has been a member of M. T. Pockets Theatre for over ten years. Favorite roles for the theater include Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Christopher Durang is one of Sean’s favorite playwrights and he loved the chance to direct and act (it’s a long story) in this absurd look into America and the people who inhabit this once great land. He would like to thank everyone involved with the production and is taking his required mental health break from the theater to play in the sun with his wife Lacey and their three fur babies Willow, June Carter Cat and Roxanne.
HARRISON CASE most recently directed one and acted in three short plays at the M. T. Pockets 2019 Fringe Festival. In 2018, he portrayed a Southern-fried Theseus in the Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Tracy Lynch, and performed in On Golden Pond with director Christian Cox. He believes that sex is holy and good and agrees that food, housing and electricity should be free. Harrison would like to thank Sean Bonnette for this deep dive into the absurdity that is America.
TAWNYA DRAKE is a local actor, stand-up comedian and proud mother of three. She’s been working with M. T. Pockets Theatre since 2012 and has
performed in over twenty shows. Some of her favorite credits include
Revenge of the Red Feather Ladies, Dashing Through the Snow, Laundry
and Bourbon, A Night of Stand-up Comedy... Rated XX, Hot Mess: A Sketch Comedy Show, Dancing at Lughnasa, Sordid Lives, The Rattlelesnake's Kiss and, most recently, Distracted. Her directing credits are growing, with her most recent including How I Learned to Drive.
TRACY LYNCH is a Morgantown native with a BA in theatre from WVU. She has experience both on stage and behind the scenes and likes to think of herself as a Jenny of all trades. She has been acting in shows at M. T. Pockets since 2008. Some of her more recent favorite roles include Constable Wallace in The Police Interview, Vera in And Then There Were None, Door in Neverwhere, and Jeanie in Fat Pig. Tracy has also directed a handful of M. T. Pockets’ productions including two Shakespeare shows (and a third one coming up in the fall). She has organized the One Act Fetivals for years and helped with the theatre’s summer PITA program. Tracy also dabbles in writing, photography, costume design and stand-up comedy. When she’s not doing theatre she enjoys drinking wine, watching movies, playing video games, traveling and hanging out with her husband and two cats. She would like to thank Sean for giving her the opportunity to be in this crazy ass (Is ass okay to say in a program?) play. She hopes you, the audience, enjoy the insanity and enjoy some good belly laughs!
TOM MILNE has been doing community and regional theatre since high school. He has worked with such luminaries as Bruce Jenner, Edie Adams, Robert Alda, Jim Nabors, Kaye Ballard and Eddie Bracken. Favorite roles include: Amos Hart in Chicago, Marryin’ Sam in Li’l Abner, and Smoky in Damn Yankee’s. He was a costume designer for many years with the Alabama Dance Theatre. Also an artist, Tom divides his time between creating fused and stained glass, which he sells at Appalachian Gallery, and lots of yard work due to too many flower beds. He appeared in Sex, Lies and the IRS at the MAC. Since coming to M. T. Pockets, his stage credits include Over the River and Through the Woods, And Then There Were None and On Golden Pond. He wishes to thank his pets Pee Wee, Pinky, Miss Pickle, Rufus and Ozzy for being patient with him.
Tyler is an Indiana transplant living in Morgantown. He made his M. T.
Pockets debut in the 2018 One Act Play Festival. This is his fifth full length production with the company. He previously played Jack Mason in The Frontier Saga, directed by Mara Monaghan; Dad in Distracted, directed by Nicki Davis; and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tracy Lynch. Tyler enjoys spending time outside during his free time. He also enjoyed The Frontier Saga, for which he won Best Actor in the Community Theatre Festival at the West Virginia Theatre Conference in November, 2018.
MINDY SALANGO is a graduate of Marshall University with a BFA in acting/directing. She has worked professionally as a stage manager at various theatre companies in Florida, New York and California. She has performed with M. T. Pockets in the 2017 One-Act Play festival and most recently in her award winning performance as Tom Snout aka The Wall in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream (LOL on the award winning!). Special thanks to my daughter Morgan for her patience and allowing mom to do what she loves.
The American Ensemble
NICOLE DAVIS has been directing for twenty years and has had the good fortune to earn some of her money with that skill set. These days she makes most of her money shilling research services but that gig affords her the opportunity to crusade for the community arts, children’s theatre, arts funding and non-profit funding development with our local theatres and her brain baby Dancing Elephant Productions. Her favorite productions over the last two decades include Private Lives when she played Sibyl, The Vagina Monologues when she had orgasms onstage in from of thousands of people and raised thousands of dollars, and Hair when a bunch of really brave people took their clothes off for her artistic vision. She’s grateful for the love and support of her amazing friends and family and most of all for Ruby June, whom she loves more than the sun, and the moon, and the stars in the sky.
THOMAS LYALL most recently appeared in two plays in our One Act Fringe Festival, the The Police Interview and One Way Mirror. Although Thomas has been in several productions over the last couple of years, his favorites include Neverwhere, as he is a fan of Neil Gaiman, and the classic And Then There Were None, for the suspense.
AMANDA ALGEE (Assistant to the Director/Light & Sound Tech) has no formal training in theatre and is currently a graduate student at WVU working on a second master’s degree for social work. She has been involved with community theatre as an actor and working backstage since she was a teenager, having started out with the Buckhannon Community Theatre working in musicals Annie, The Wizard of Oz, South Pacific, Camelot and The Sound of Music. Her last role with Buckhannon Community Theatre was Mickey in female version of The Odd Couple. Since joining M. T. Pockets, she has been in Neverwhere, Comedy of Errors, The Sunshine Boys, Distracted, A Piece of My Heart and A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, as well as several One Acts Festival productions. Amanda would like to thank everyone involved in the show for all of their hard work.