Pellissippi State debuts arts series with two performances of ‘biting comedy’

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The new “Arts at Pellissippi State” series showcases an eclectic mix of theatre, music, lectures and visual arts for 2012-13. Pellissippi State Community College’s first theatrical offering of the series features an evening and a matinee performance of “Pardon Me for Living: A Biting New Comedy.”

The first performance is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and the second is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Both take place at Pellissippi State’s Clayton Performing Arts Center, located in West Knox County on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Co-produced by Pellissippi State and Flying Anvil Theatre, the one-woman show features performer Staci Swedeen, also the playwright. Jayne Morgan directs. The idea for the show came to Swedeen in 2003, when she was bitten by a raccoon at her home in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

“It’s my version of ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” she said, “but instead of ‘through the rabbit hole,’ it’s ‘through the rabid raccoon hole.’”

“[Swedeen] captures the event and its aftermath with comedic flair,” wrote Peter Kramer in Gannett’s Journal News of the 2008 Hudson Stage Company production.

Tickets are now on sale for both performances. Cost is $20 general admission in advance, $24 at the door, $16 with student ID and $18 for discount groups. Proceeds go to the Pellissippi State Foundation to benefit Flying Anvil Theatre and the Pellissippi State Theatre program.

Tickets are available at the Clayton Performing Arts Center Box Office beginning one hour before each performance.  They also can be reserved by phone at (865) 694-6684 or by email at

For more information on “The Arts at Pellissippi State,” call (865) 694-6400 or visit To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action for Pellissippi State, (865) 694-6607 or