Enemies The PlayA Police Drama

Release — January 2008


GREENVILLE, N.C. — Magnolia Arts Center teamed up December 12, 2007 with East Carolina University professor and playwright Joseph Horst to begin production of the world premiere of his play “Enemies.”

Horst has been a police officer with the ECU Police Department for 13 years, eight of those as a full-time officer, and currently holding reserve officer status with the department. After receiving his Masters in English from ECU in 2005 where he completed “Enemies” as his thesis, he currently teaches English and Technical Writing at ECU.

The story plot, said by production staff to be gritty in nature, is being kept under wraps by all involved, even taking the unusual step of having cast and crew sign non-disclosure agreements agreeing not to reveal the plot, story line and ending.

“There are some twists to this play that really warrant keeping this script under wraps,” said Jane Sharp, producer.

Director Jerad W. Alexander went on to say, “All I can really say about the story at this point is that this is theater’s equivalent of Film Noir. Just watch [www.enemiestheplay.com] for information as it’s available.”

A portion of the production’s proceeds will benefit a local charitable foundation.

“Enemies” is scheduled on February 16, 2008 and be performed in Room 244 of ECU’s Mendenhall Student Center. Performances will run from February 16 to February 19 at 8 p.m. each evening. A 3 p.m. matinee will also be held on February 17.

Tickets will go on sale on January 22, 2008 and are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets will be sold through ECU’s Central Ticket Office, which can be reached at 1-800-ECU-ARTS or (252) 328-4788.

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If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Jane Sharp or Joseph Horst, please call 252/347-9017 or 252/258-4153. Contact can also be made via email at grtamcnnvl@gmail.com or zeseinaj@gmail.com.

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