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STLCC-Meramec Theatre Presents "Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs" Feb. 13-17

February 06, 2013

Wake Up Cameron Dobbs  
"Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs" plays Feb. 13-17 at Meramec

The St. Louis Community College-Meramec  Theatre presents “Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs” by Stephen Peirick Feb. 13-16 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. in the theatre on campus. Performances are free and open to the public.

Cameron Dobbs is nothing if not accommodating.  It’s his 30th birthday and he only has one wish:  A quiet dinner with his brother, Owen, and sister-in-law, Abby.  Unfortunately, Owen has also invited their well-meaning but overprotective mother to the party.  And Abby, unbeknownst to Cameron, has invited a blind date over to meet him.  Add to the mix a bloody nose and a dinner that Cameron can’t eat, and you have the makings of what just might be the worst birthday ever.  Will this be the year that Cameron finally stands up for himself?

The play is directed by Keith Oliver and designed by Rick Willmore.

Oliver brings “Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs” to the stage in part because of a colleague in the Meramec Theatre department.

“Mary Holtz, our production assistant, attended the first performance of this play last year and knew I was looking for a contemporary play,” said Oliver. “After reading through the play, I was hooked. The characters were interesting and the dialogue was imaginative, very funny.”

Local playwright Stephen Peirick wrote “Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs” and has been part of the preparation to bring the play to the Meramec stage. Working directly with the playwright is an experience that actors rarely have.

“Stephen has been a wonderful artist to collaborate with; having his presence in the theatre is a big inspiration to our students. Unlike working on a play written many years ago, if we have a question about the text or a particular line in the play, we are able to go to the source. Stephen has been generous with his time and loves coming to the rehearsals to give feedback,” Oliver said.

What does Oliver hope audiences get out of the play?

“A million laughs. Seriously, for me, this play is about transformation and discovery, but instead of being overstated or profound, we get to have a laugh and enjoy the character’s journey."