Thom Schnarre, an associate professor of English at Parkland College, is active in community theater, including "Mary's Wedding," playing through July 18 at the Station Theatre. He recently chatted with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.
When and how did you first become interested in theater?
On the surface, "Mary's Wedding" is a minimalist version of World War I. It reflects that bloody horror with two actors in a mere 70 minutes.
URBANA — Perhaps the term "dream play" applies to "Mary's Wedding" both literally and figuratively.
The World War I drama, opening Thursday night at the Station Theatre, is presented as a dream Mary has the night before she is to marry her young soldier, Charlie.
Check out 'Swing!' in Sullivan
The Little Theatre on the Square will present the Broadway musical "Swing!" from Wednesday through July 12, featuring tunes by artists such as Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.
ARCOLA — When an Amish widow starts teaching a weekend quilting class, she expects other Amish to show up.
Instead, Emma Yoder welcomes six "loose threads": a biker doing community service, a Marine just back from Afghanistan, a quarrelsome couple, a Goth singer-songwriter and a preacher's wife trying to get away from problems at her husband's church.