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Kish College to stage ‘The Awakening Time’

Published: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Kishwaukee College will stage a readers’ theater production of Beth Raines’ “The Awakening Time” featuring Nadine Franklin, theater faculty, for one performance only at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the KC theater.

Tickets will be available at the door and cost $10 for the general public and $8 for students.

“The Awakening Time” was written by Elgin resident Beth Raines, who also will direct and perform. Raines is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Arts. She performed as an actor and stunt woman in Hollywood for several years before relocating to Elgin. “The Awakening Time” is her first screenplay. The piece was performed as readers’ theater – without staging – at the Steel Beam Theater in St. Charles in July. 

The play follows Katie, a 40-something recent widow, whose life changes after she meets an off-beat French woman.

“I had my own ‘awakening time’ and I learned so many things,” Raines said in a news release. “The process is not a comfortable one, but what is on the other end is so meaningful and life-changing.” 

Nadine Franklin, who performed the work at Steel Beam, will reprise her role as Katie in the Kish College production. Franklin is more accustomed to directing productions at KC but relished the opportunity to step back into the spotlight as an actor again. 

“Beth (Raines), as the writer and the director, has a really firm hold on the characters in this,” Franklin said in the release. “I had to work to put together a character the way I see it, but then also work with Beth and the way she sees the character. You are not the ultimate arbiter of your performance as an actor. It has been a long time since I have done that. It has been a great experience.”

After performing in the Steel Beam Production, Franklin knew she wanted to bring “The Awakening Time” to the Kishwaukee College campus.

“The plot line and the theme were both offering a perspective that I have not really come across,” she said in the release. “I thought the thematic elements were great points for critical thinking and, as an instructor, offer opportunities for discussion in the classroom. I also strive to bring something unique to the community – plays that have not been performed in the area before.”

Rounding out the cast with Franklin and Raines will be Demetra Dokos, Galen Malick, Eileen Lucietto, Paula Tsiagalis and Lynsay Hanratty.

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