Pellissippi State Community College hosts the world debut of “Server Alley,” a comedy/drama by playwright Alex Gherardi, in November.
Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, 15, 21, and 22 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 23. The event takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.
The play has a unique setup, in that audience members are seated on the stage near the actors. Seating is limited. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at www.pstcc.edu/tickets.
The never-before-seen play examines the lives of an oft-seen but barely noticed group: the people who serve our food.
“The story focuses on young people at a time of their lives when they are deciding what they want and who they want to be,” said Charles R. Miller, Theatre program coordinator and a professor of Liberal Arts. “The characters in this play ask themselves if their lives are really what they wish them to be, or if they want to take the chance on something that might be better.”
Alex Gherardi is executive director of CNY Shakespeare in Central New York and is an adjunct faculty member at Pellissippi State. A graduate of Rutgers University, he is now living in Knoxville.
“We are so honored to show the world premiere of a play he wrote while in Knoxville,” said Miller. “Alex is hugely talented not only as a playwright but as a composer and an actor himself.”
“Server Alley” is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. This year, the series commemorates Pellissippi State’s 40th anniversary.
For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.