“One White Crow” Explores Life And Death At Edgemar Center For The Arts

Saturday, 27 Apr 2013, 8:57:00 AM

Mitch James

The Edgemar Center for the Arts opens the world premiere engagement of the new play “One White Crow” starring Rob Estes this Saturday.
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The Edgemar Center for the Arts opens the world premiere engagement of the new play “One White Crow” starring Rob Estes this Saturday.

The Edgemar Center for the Arts, in the intimate Second

Stage auditorium, this weekend opens the world premiere engagement of a new

play “One White Crow.”

The production will open this Saturday through May 26,

then June 14- June 23, with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays

at 5 pm.

Tess O’Neill (played by Jane Hajduk) is an investigative

journalist assigned to profile renowned television personality and psychic

medium Judith Knight (played by Michelle Danner). Judith claims to make contact

with people who have died, connecting them with people in the audience.

The assignment is no accident. Tess is the daughter of a

brilliant late science writer, who would have never believed in Judith’s

abilities.

To Tess’ alarm, Judith claims that Tess’ dead father has

visited her and that the profile is his idea. Tess’ every instinct suggests to

her that Judith is a charlatan. But what if she’s not?

Tess enlists the aid of Alex Rimbaud (played by Rob

Estes), a professional skeptic, and Tess’ father’s former protégé. He is

convinced that Judith is a con artist and plans to publish a magazine piece

exposing her as a fraud. While Tess consults Alex, their long-repressed passion

for each other is revived.

Things begin to happen that make Tess start to question

her long-held beliefs. Tess, Alex, and Judith are headed for a showdown as Tess

is determined to learn the truth once

and for all. Is Judith a fraud? Or is Tess’ father actually trying to make

contact with her from the beyond? What will this bode for Tess’ and Alex’s

future together?

The title of the play, “One White Crow,” is explained

during the course of the narrative. It’s a reference to a quote by William

James (1842-1910), the father of modern psychology. He was also famous as a

skeptic and a debunker of practitioners of the paranormal.

Admission is $34.99. A limited number of seats will be

available for each performance at $25. The Edgemar Center for the Arts is

located at 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica.

For reservations or more information, call 310.392.7327

or visit www.edgemarcenter.org.

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