A public performance of the statebound production of the one-act play “Oz” by Don Zolidis is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 12) at the Algoma Performing Arts Center, 514 Fremont St.
The Algoma High School production was selected to compete in the State Theatre Festival Nov. 21-23 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Tuesday’s performance is free.
The play description at Playscripts Inc. summarizes Zolidis’ story:
Reeling from her sister’s death, Beth suddenly finds herself journeying through a world suspiciously resembling the film The Wizard of Oz. But with the yellow brick road sold to foreign investors after a financial meltdown, the Scarecrow reveling in his ignorant bliss, the Cowardly Lion acting like a paranoid sociopath, and the Tin Man embracing his emotional numbness, Beth wonders what role she plays in this classic story gone awry. A hilarious and heart-wrenching exploration of grief and perseverance on the road to acceptance.
Originally from Wisconsin, Zolidis holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and an M.F.A. in playwriting from the Actor’s Studio Program at the New School University, where he studied under Romulus Linney.
He received the Princess Grace Award for playwriting in 2004 after having twice been a finalist. His plays have received two Edgerton New Play awards and multiple NEA grants among other honors. In 2013 his play “White Buffalo” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.