Contact:  Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, 318-869-5242
The Wayside Motor Inn on Stage Feb. 6-8, 13-16 at Centenary's Marjorie Lyons Playhouse

Centenary College's Marjorie Lyons Playhouse will present A. R. Gurney's play The Wayside Motor Inn, opening Feb. 6 for a seven-performance run.

The production is directed by Robert Buseick with set and light design by Don Hooper and costumes designed by Patric McWilliams.

Performance dates are February 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 8 p.m .and Feb.16 at 2 p.m. There will be a preview performance at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 with tickets priced at $5. Regular admission is $13 for adults, $11 for senior citizens, $8 for non-Centenary students and $5 for children 12 and under.

The Wayside Motor Inn is an original and creatively structured play about the impersonality and, too often, the futility of American life. The scene, set in the late 1970s, is a motel outside of Boston, into which, one after the other, come five sets of travelers

There are a well-to-do couple on a visit to their married daughter, a lonely salesman looking for a bit of romance to temper the boredom of his travels, an overbearing father and his son en route to an interview at Harvard, a pair of liberated college students and an embittered doctor in the process of getting a divorce. As each of the situations is developed, the irony, humor and pathos they evoke is heightened by the proximity of the other characters, building, in the end, to an indictment of the shortcomings, large and small, of contemporary life.

Carol Laborde and Ed Finuf play Jessie and Frank, the older couple visiting their daughter. Joshua Porter is Ray, the traveling salesman with an eye on the waitress, played by Joy Guiteirrez. Nathan Thomas is Vince, taking his son Mark, played by Tim Broderick Jr., to Harvard. The college students Sally and Phil are being played by Laura Beth Sentell and Josh Talley. Phillip Brooks plays Andy, the doctor in the process of a divorce from his wife Ruth, played by Ashley Beckham. Megan Taylor is the assistant to the director/stage manager and sound is being created by Adam Boyd.

The box office for The Wayside Motor Inn opens on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from noon to 4 p.m. daily and reservations can be made by calling 318-869-5242.