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Spokane Civic Theater readies ‘Bug’ for Kaleidoscope Theatre Festival

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

In the Spokane Civic Theatre production of “Bug,” actors Danny Anderson and Josephine Keefe play a paranoid AWOL soldier and a lonely waitress in a seedy motel, sharing the soldier’s many paranoias. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
In the Spokane Civic Theatre production of “Bug,” actors Danny Anderson and Josephine Keefe play a paranoid AWOL soldier and a lonely waitress in a seedy motel, sharing the soldier’s many paranoias. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

In the fall, “Bug” infiltrated Spokane Civic Theatre’s Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre.

“Bug,” by playwright/actor Tracy Letts, centers on cocktail waitress Agnes White (Josephine Keefe), who is living in a seedy motel room while hiding from her abusive ex-husband Jerry Goss (Billy Hultquist).

One night, White’s friend RC (Emily Jones) introduces her to Gulf War veteran Peter Evans (Danny Anderson), who may or may not be AWOL.

The two hit it off, but soon after a bug infestation becomes all consuming, leading Evans to pull White into his world of paranoia and conspiracy theories.

“Bug” was directed by Marianne McLaughlin and also featured Matt Rindge as Dr. Sweet.

For one performance only, Saturday at North Central High School, the cast and crew of “Bug” will return to that seedy motel room to present an abbreviated version of the play in advance of its inclusion in the Kaleidoscope Theatre Festival in Prosser, Washington.

Performance sessions are Feb. 28-March 2. All performances are open to the public. Festival passes are $25, and single day passes cost $10-$20. Passes are available at www.theprincesstheatre.net or at the Princess Theatre box office before all performance sessions.

Molly Allen’s “Closing It Up,” which premiered at Stage Left Theater, will also be performed at Kaleidoscope.

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