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"Friends and Family" One Act to Premier at Westview

"Friends and Family," a One Act play, written by our own Pearson Kunz and directed by our own Kelsey Bentz, plays this Wednesday, May 20th at Westview High School as a part the theater program's annual student-directed One Act Play festival. The show will make its one performance world premier on the Westview stage among seven other well established works.

After immense dissatisfaction with the lack of good roles for people his age and relatable to his life, Pearson Kunz decided to take matters into his own hands and write interesting roles for young people. First, he wrote the books for two jukebox musicals that were performed at the youth summer program: The Stonegate Stage. Then, he wrote the one-act "Rest in Peace" and co-wrote the one-act "Just Atypical Christmas Morning" in 2014. The following spring, he wrote the one-act "In-Tents" which is currently in-the-works for publishing. Pearson hopes that the characters of "Friends & Family" will make us consider our relationships to each other and ourselves.

"This show's best quality is it's raw honesty about teenage-hood," says director, Kelsey Bentz. "I have had such a blast directing it. My cast is so pure and natural. I really feel that the show portrays such truth about life."

The show is comprised of actors Katrina Tabor, Jack Hames, Jake Biggi and Roisin Connolly.

Tickets are $8 for both days of the festival, and are available online at: or are available at the door.

We hope that you get a chance to check out this beautiful new work.

Pearson Kunz, playwright.

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