Dark, foreboding and downright delightful: that's the seemingly disparate description of "The Diviners," the next play this season presented by Stage 3 Theatre Company in Sonora.
Set in a southern Indiana town called Zion, "The Diviners" is the fictional story of two misfits, "one who should be dead and one who might as well be," according to a press release from Stage 3 artistic director Don Bilotti.
Zion is slowly dying, a victim of The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Residents need a miracle, according to the release, and may have found it in the form of C.C.Showers, a man trying to outrun his past who stumbles into Zion half-starved. Showers meets Buddy Layman, a boy who is brain damaged and terrified of water because of a near-drowning that killed his mother.
The unlikely pair join forces and might find a way to heal each other and the town. But there will be a price to pay.
Dark and foreboding, right? But Bilotti said he has to "keep reminding myself it's not a comedy."
"Don't get me wrong, this is a thrilling explosion of a play," Bilotti said in the release. "And what the play says about humanity is serious and rock-bottom beautiful and true. It's deep, it's personal and it's uplifting."
But Bilotti sees so much humor in the story that he forgets sometimes that it's actually supposed to be serious.
"That's the play's secret weapon and the reason it has such staying power," he said.
The staying power of "The Diviners," written by Jim Leonard Jr., dates to 1981, when it was first performed. According to Bilotti, the play has enjoyed success across the country and beyond.
Veteran Stage 3 actor Colton Dennis stars as C.C. Showers, and Kii Kellerman will play Buddy Layman.
The play, which runs June 21 through July 28, contains some mild language.
WHAT: "The Diviners"
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays,2 p.m. Sundays, June 21 through July 28
WHERE: Stage 3 Theatre Company,208 S. Green St., Sonora
CALL: (209) 536-1778
ONLINE: www.stage3.orgStage 3's latest is a dark drama that lets in a little light