Actors Guild taps local script for season finale

Actors Guild of Lexington will produce Walter May’s Gone Astray as its final play of its 2012-13 season.

Walter May (standing), a Lexington-based Equity actor, played Gone with the Wind producer David O. Selznick and Eric Johnson played screenwriter Victor Fleming in Moonlight and Magnolias at Actors Guild of Lexington in April 2008. Photos by Rich Copley | LexGo.

Walter May (standing), a Lexington-based Equity actor, played Gone with the Wind producer David O. Selznick and Eric Johnson played screenwriter Victor Fleming in Moonlight and Magnolias at Actors Guild of Lexington in April 2008. Photos by Rich Copley | LexGo.

Since artistic director Eric Seale took over the troupe, it has reserved the final slot of the year for a show to be named later, in an effort to produce a show that addresses current events or thought. They have included last year’s production of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobsshortly after controversy over the script erupted.

This year’s play is a bit more universal. In Gone Astray, which had a reading earlier this year by New Works, Inc., at the Downtown Arts Center, May sets the Biblical story of the prodigal son in modern day Eastern Kentucky. In March 2011, Actors Guild presented May’s Broken, which was directed by Sidney Shaw, who passed away in May. 

Of Broken, Herald-Leader critic Candace Chaney wrote, “May’s script seems informed by his background as an actor. There is just enough structure to guide the performers on their emotional trajectories while leaving a wide enough berth for them to make bold, interpretive choices.”

Gone Astray plays at 8 p.m. Aug. 15-17, 23 and 24; 2 p.m. Aug. 18 and 25. Tickets are $20 general public, $15 students and senior adults, $10 military personnel.

Before that, AGL will present White Flag Performance Group’s performance of The Bear Loves Honey July 25 to 27.

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