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'The Diviners' to be Performed Oct. 30-Nov. 1 & Nov. 3

Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 [4:47 PM]

Diviners Poster October 2013

Robert Brock discusses 'The Diviners.' by LindseyWilsonCollege
  Cast members Lake Salsbury, Erika Finley & Timothy Hoffman discuss their roles in 'The Diviners.' by LindseyWilsonCollege

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College Theatre Program will present the award-winning play The Diviners Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 3.

The play, which will be directed by LWC Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Brock, will be performed at the college's V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson St.


Set in the fictional town of Zion, Ind., during the Great Depression, The Diviners is about a mentally-challenged boy Buddy Layman and a stranger C.C. Showers who passes through Zion. Written by Jim Leonard Jr., then a professor at Hanover (Ind.) College, The Diviners was named best new play in the 1980 American College Theatre Festival.


Brock saw The Diviners when it was first produced, and he said "I was so moved by it back then."


The friendship forged between the Buddy -- who has an ability to find, or divine, water for farmers -- and C.C., a failed preacher from Hazard, Ky., is central to The Diviners. Buddy is afraid of water because his mother drowned when he was younger, and C.C. helps Buddy overcome his fear.


"That friendship really turns into something important for both of them," Brock said. "There are a lot of interesting characters that live in this town. … It's a really, really well-written play. It's got a lot of humor in it. These are down-to-earth characters everyone knows."


Robert said Buddy is one of his favorite characters in modern American theater.


"I think he's one of the great characters written in modern drama," Brock said. "You would say probably now he's autistic, maybe autistic savant for his connection to water, being able to find it and all."


Robert said area residents should be able to relate to a lot of the characters and the play's setting.


"Even though it's set in Indiana, it feels like small-town Kentucky," Brock. "There's very little distance in feeling a relation to these people."


The LWC Theatre Program will present The Diviners by Jim Leonard Jr. and directed by Robert Brock at 7 p.m. CT Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and at 2 p.m. CT Nov. 3 in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson St. For ticket information, contact Robert Brock at or (270) 590-4803.

The Diviners -- Cast
Basil -- Glen Jennings of Prospect, Ky.

Luella -- Amelia Withers of Jamestown, Ky.

Melvin -- Tyler Harting of Leitchfield, Ky.

Dewey -- Seth Slone of Danville, Ky.

Farris Layman -- Jeremy Cloyd of Tompkinsville, Ky.

Buddy Layman -- Timothy Hoffman of Glasgow, Ky.

Jennie Mae Layman -- Erika Finley of Hopkinsville, Ky.

C.C. Showers -- Lake Salsbury of Campbellsville, Ky.

Goldie -- Brenna Murray of Russell Springs, Ky.

Norma -- Chaney Hershey of Simpsonsville, Ky.

Darlene -- Lacy Martin of Gamaliel, Ky.


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