The main action takes place in York, Pa. Two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, are out of work and so desperate for cash that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” at the Moose Lodge. When they hear that an old lady in York is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews, they decide to pass themselves off as her relatives and get the cash. But there’s one problem: they soon find out on arriving in York that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces.
Reverend Wooley is the proud minister of the most attended church in town. He is fussy, and set in his ways and “not quite what he appears to be,” Buffaloe shared.
“It’s very funny,” he said. “The whole thing is a joke. The story unfolds very quickly, with lots of break-ups in romantic relationships and then the couples rejoin. The question the whole time is who will end up with the old lady’s money.”
“Playing the Reverend is difficult,” said Susan McCain, who directs “Leading Ladies.” “Cory’s comical point of view serves him well in this. He’s a hard worker, kind and humble, and doing a very good job. He also writes monologues and some group routines and has presented them for us at a moment’s notice.”
Buffaloe has come a long way since performing as a student at Oxford High School. He played “Festy,” the jester, in “Twelfth Night. “Leading Ladies” is his ninth JSU main stage production. Afterward, he will go into rehearsal for Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” another comedy, which is to be presented on November 17-20. His role will be Benedick, a sarcastic soldier. It is about the battle of the sexes. He looks forward to being involved.
“Shakespeare literature contains some of the best stories ever told. The lines are so open to interpretation; you can do so much with them.” he said.
Buffaloe is a drama major with a concentration in performance. He plans to start sending out his resumes soon for job interviews, and he’ll be looking at graduate schools as a possibility in the near future, too. A job he has especially enjoyed in the summers is acting at Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre in Snow Camp, N.C., a small town that is also historical site of the Revolutionary War.
To make reservations for “Leading Ladies” or to find out about future JSU productions, call 256-782-5623 between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays, between 6-7 p.m. on the nights of performances or between 1 -2 p.m. on Sunday.
“Leading Ladies” is presented at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and JSU personnel and $5 for students, children under 5) and military.