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JALC Presents “Oh, Gastronomy!”

Retired JALC professor Harris Mosley is appearing in Logan’s production of “Oh, Gastronomy!” this Friday and Saturday at the college.

Retired JALC professor Harris Mosley is appearing in Logan’s production of “Oh, Gastronomy!” this Friday and Saturday at the college. (Photo courtesy Artistic Photography by Sydney)

[/caption]BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Veteran director and actor Steve Falcone, professor emeritus of English at John A. Logan College, is bringing the Illinois premiere of “Oh, Gastronomy!” to the Logan stage. The production is a series of comedic and thoughtful sketches that are connected by one common ingredient: food.

Two evening performances are set for Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in JALC’s O’Neil Auditorium. A matinee, also in O’Neil Auditorium, will be held on Friday at 10 a.m.

Falcone found the play at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Ky.

“I saw ’Oh, Gastronomy!’ a year ago at a theater festival and thought it was hilarious,” Falcone said. “It was written by five young playwrights and has only been performed once before. This will be the Illinois debut. There are 25 sketches that revolve around food and the ways it binds us together as a community.”

Photo caption 2: Kaitlin Griffith, a JALC student from Herrin, is in this weekend’s production of “Oh, Gastronomy!” at John A. Logan College.  Performances are on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Photo caption 2: Kaitlin Griffith, a JALC student from Herrin, is in this weekend’s production of “Oh, Gastronomy!” at John A. Logan College. Performances are on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. (Photo courtesy Artistic Photography by Sydney)

Falcone said the show has a great cast.

“We have a big cast with 18 people and it is a wonderful group,” he said. “Some I’ve worked with many times and some are new. Since there are so many skits, everyone is playing multiple roles. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s also a real challenge, and the actors are doing a great job.”

JALC student Adam Floro of Marion is one of several Logan students in the show. He has appeared in several local productions and said he is enjoying the experience.

“There are a few songs in the show and I’m the musician for them, playing the guitar and the banjo,” Floro said. “I also play a couple characters. It’s a really fun show. I get to work on my comedic skills, and comedy is something I want to pursue one day.”

Photo caption 3: JALC student Sydney Heumann of Du Quoin is appearing in “Oh, Gastronomy!” The production is making its Illinois debut with performances at Logan on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. (Photo courtesy Artistic Photography by Sydney)

Photo caption 3: JALC student Sydney Heumann of Du Quoin is appearing in “Oh, Gastronomy!” The production is making its Illinois debut with performances at Logan on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. (Photo courtesy Artistic Photography by Sydney)

Falcone said the show will appeal to a wide audience.

“Food is something we can all relate to, and I think people will really like this show,” Falcone said. “It’s not for young children, but high school kids and on up will enjoy it. It will make people laugh a lot, maybe shed a tear, and think a little bit. A few lucky audience members will even be served some delicious brownies.”

Tickets for the evening shows are $12 for general admission and $7 for JALC students and children 12 and under. Tickets for the matinees are $2 for the general public and free to Logan students and staff.

For more information about “Oh, Gastronomy!” or to order advance tickets, contact the Office of Student Activities and Cultural Events at Logan at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8287.