'Bad Seed' opens tonight
by Marie Nesmith
Oct 25, 2013 | 1571 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“It’s a really fun play that takes people back to the 1950s, and it is very creepy but it has some amusing parts to it,” said Meghann Humphreys, director of “Bad Seed.” “... It kind of makes me think of Ed Wood a little bit. I was very ... inspired by all of those directors like Ed Wood [and] John Waters. John Waters definitely influenced our interpretation of ‘Bad Seed.’ I don’t know if anybody has seen ‘Cry-Baby,’ but it’s not anything bloody. It’s actually more PG-rated than anything. Everything happens offstage. It’s very dark humor, but the humorous elements in it are very dark.

“So it’s just a lot of fun. I know that people in Cartersville will enjoy coming out to see a play that’s a bit seasonal. It’s perfect for the Halloween season, for the days that are getting a little bit darker. But it’s still a bit of fun, so they don’t leave feeling completely depressed.”

To be presented at The Legion Theatre — 114 W. Main St. in Cartersville — “Bad Seed” will be performed today and Saturday and Nov. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m., andOct. 27 at 3 p.m. With Christy Gessner in the starring role of Rhoda Penmark, the play’s cast also will feature Mallory Holder, Mike Wasson, Ginny Slifcak, David Pendergraft, Tyler Robertson, Corinne Scott, Ron Connell, Karen Stinard and Mark Jamerson.

For Holder, who portrays Rhoda’s mother, the role of Christine Penmark has provided her an opportunity to tap into her maternal instincts.

“I would say that Christine is the dutiful housewife. She’s sweet and caring, yet there’s a nagging feeling that she always has about her child, and she finds things over the course of the play that really bring that nagging feeling to the forefront,” Holder said. “She wants the best for Rhoda, but she’s not even sure really how to go about that.

“I think that’s one of the main themes of the show is this idea of I want to take care of my child no matter what, but she has done something really horrible and how do I handle that as a parent. And [since] I’m not a parent in real life, it’s been a challenge to get those motherly instincts. But I’ve really enjoyed working with [Christy]. ... Christy is a sweet child and Rhoda, her character, is conniving and evil. To see Christy transform onstage and then go backstage and be the sweet, loveable Christy is very funny, actually.”

Tickets for “Bad Seed” are $14 for general admission, $12 for pre-paid groups of 10 or more people, and $10 for Pumphouse Players members.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pumphouseplayers.com or call 770-387-2610.