In Red Herring, three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in a noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices. Red Herring takes place in 1952 when America is on the verge of the H-bomb, Dwight Eisenhower is on the campaign trail and I Love Lucy is on Monday nights. Meanwhile, Senator Joe McCarthy’s daughter, Lynn, played by sophomore Elementary Education major Johnna Valenti of Avella, Pa., just got engaged to James, a Soviet spy played by freshman Evan Oslund, a Theatre major from Oakmont, Pa.
Boston detective Maggie Pelletier, played by junior Theatre major Megan Valentino of Beloit, Ohio, must find out who dumped the dead man in the harbor or lose out on a honeymoon in Havana with G-man Frank Keller, played by senior Psychology major Ryan Darrow of Richmond, Ohio.
Further complications are brought by Mrs. Florence Kravitz, who is as intent on capturing the Russian, Andrei Borchevsky, as is the U.S. government. Mrs. Kravitz is played by senior Spanish major Sally Mellring, from Cochranton, Pa. Shane Buydasz, a sophomore Visual Arts major from Canonsburg, Pa., plays Andrei Borchevsky.
Also contributing to the Cold War farce are: freshman Brenda Valdez, a Biology major from McAllen, Texas; Jessly Guzman, a freshman Biochemistry major from the Bronx, N.Y.; sophomore Theatre major Lydia Lavin of Jackson Heights, N.Y.; freshman Devon Farris, from Midland Pa.; Jamie Ingram, a freshman Political Science major from Fairmont, W.Va.; senior Charles Wilfong, Visual Arts major from Austintown, Ohio; freshman Theatre major Brianna Vaiese of Seattle, Wash. and sophomore Sports Services major Pete Brager of Youngstown, Ohio. There are even a few voice-over cameos recruited from the faculty and administration.
The play is directed by Luke Hardt, Director of Theatre, and is scenically conceived by Tracie Duncan, Designer and Technical Director of Bethany College Theatre. Assistant Directors are junior Visual Arts major Katie Orwig of Monongah, W.Va. and Maggie Solusby, sophomore education major from Chardon, Ohio. The stage manager is senior Theatre major Megan Riggs of Lawrenceburg, Ky.
Duncan’s assistants include Orwig, Valenti, Buydasz, freshman Devon Farris, from Midland, Pa.; Beth Patsch, senior Visual Arts major from Weirton, W.Va.; Megan Areford, junior Social Work major from Waynesburg, Pa.; Whitney Riddel, senior Education major from St. Clairsville, Ohio; Stephanie Dike, a freshman Pre-Veterinary major from Springfield, Va.; sophomore Physical Therapy major Stephen Mott of Lake Oswego, Ore.; senior Accounting major Bill Seehorst from Pittsburgh, Pa and Haley Fedor, freshman French major from Munhall, Pa.
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