University Players to stage ‘Closer,’ Feb. 18-21

WCU students will stage “Closer” from Feb. 18-21. The play stars, clockwise from back left, Alexandra La Belle, Mark Hudson, Benjamin Chafetz and Kaylee McCormack. Photo by Kelli Flynn.

WCU students will stage “Closer” from Feb. 18-21. The play stars, clockwise from back left, Alexandra La Belle, Mark Hudson, Benjamin Chafetz and Kaylee McCormack. Photo by Kelli Flynn.

The complicated nature of human relations, including love and betrayal, are at the heart of “Closer,” a production of the student-run University Players at Western Carolina University.

“Closer” will show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 18-21, at Niggli Theatre, adjoining the Stillwell Building on the WCU campus. Tickets, available at the door, are $5. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show, which includes adult themes, strong language and sexual content, is intended for mature audiences only.

“Closer,” by English playwright Patrick Marber, debuted on Broadway in 1999 and was a released in 2004 as a film. Set in contemporary London, “Closer” tells the intertwining story of Dan, an obituary writer; Alice, a stripper; Anna, a photographer; and Larry, a dermatologist.

Despite the play’s more sensational aspects – and there are several – director Kai Elijah Hamilton, a senior majoring in theater and film, said the work has a quality that many find touching. “You can see that these characters love each other, and they’ve made the wrong choices, and it’s changed their lives drastically,” Hamilton said.

The WCU production, featuring all seniors majoring in theater, stars Mark Hudson as Dan, Alexandra La Belle as Alice, Benjamin Chafetz as Larry and Kaley McCormack as Anna. Blaine Austin, a senior theater major, serves as stage manager.

The University Players is the student organization of WCU’s department of stage and screen, part of the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

For more information about “Closer,” call WCU’s department of stage and screen at (828) 227-7491.