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Local actress premieres first original play
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Posted: 2013 Jan 04 - 06:28

By Meagan McGone


BREVARD -- Set in a hole-in-the-wall bar, an upcoming show at the Henegar Center aims to show attendees what life is like for hopeless bar patrons and a bartender looking for an escape.

Jessica Taylor, an actress and member of the improv troupe Not Quite Right, which is based out of the Henegar Center, wrote "Last Call" with many of her friends and fellow actors in mind.

"The whole idea came to me when I decided to base the central character around my good friend, Pete Jacobsen," Ms. Taylor said in a press release. "I wanted to write a character specifically for him because I think he's a brilliant actor, who deserves a really great part."

"Last Call" is Ms. Taylor's first original play, in which she wrote, directed and produced.

The show is set in a hotel bar, where Mr. Jacobsen plays the role of "Hank," a bartender trying to escape his own past, while dealing with eccentric customers and their problems.

Using improv elements,Ms. Taylor aimed to make the show interactive, replacing the normal upstairs seating at the Henegar Center with cocktail tables, so audience members can feel like bar patrons. The audience will actually be able to order drinks from Hank's bar.

"Though the play is a comedy with some outrageous characters, it's also a very poignant story of missed opportunity and second chances," Ms. Taylor said.

Though the storyline is centered around "Hank," the play's cast makes up some of the most talented actors in Brevard County, including Not Quite Right members Joe Boasci, Jon Emmerich, Adam Lucker and Michelle McElvaine, as well as Donna Furfaro, Taylor Kopman, Rob Landers, Michelle Lee, Diana Taylor, Doug Taylor, Tori Smith and Ms. Taylor herself.

Tickets are $15 and on sale now through the Henegar Center box office at (321) 723-8698 or online at www.henegar.org. The show runs Feb. 8-10 and 15-17 at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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