Albany County Theatre Presents ‘An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein’
While Shel Silverstein is best known for his works created for children, he also wrote many songs, poems and one-act plays aimed at a much more mature audience. Albany County Theatre is presenting many of these works with An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein, showing at the Gryphon Theatre Thursday, June 14 through Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
If you’re thinking that ACT already did this production, you’re partly right. Two years ago they presented a portion of the one-act plays at a couple of venues, but now that they are the resident company at the Gryphon Theatre, they are able to do all ten one-acts and add live music written by Silverstein.
“The first time we did it we just had table and chairs and we did the scenes,” said director Bliss Ragsdale. “Having a big set like this, we painted everything white. My idea is that the whole play takes place in one of his books.”
Ragsdale does warn that the show includes a lot of cursing and contains adult themes, “Some of the music is pretty strange…but it’s all very fun. I wouldn’t bring the kids, get a babysitter, but otherwise it’s a rip-roaring good time.”
If you are attending, be sure to get there a bit early, the band will begin playing a little after 7 and the actual production will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10.50 for seniors, students and active military personnel. They can be purchased through the Gryphon Theatre website, the Albany County Theatre website or at the Laramie Plains Civic Center box office.