Small towns in rural Missouri provided the inspiration for David M. White’s “Ain’t Nothin’ Quick ’n Easy.” When William Woods University produces the play in early December, the audience will have the opportunity to visit with the playwright and learn more about the playwriting process.
White was born during the mid 70s in Springfield, Mo. He started in theatre very young, acting in his first play in second grade. After graduating from high school he went off to college in Sarasota, Fla., where he received his B.A. in humanities at New College.
He later received his M.A. in theatre from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
White has been an instructor in playwriting and acting at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and he currently works as the literary manager and director of educational outreach for the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Conn.
He is a founding member of Immanent Eye, a theatre company focused on the development and production of theatre that portrays regional voices, visions and issues.
“Ain’t Nothin’ Quick ‘n Easy” takes place in an old general store where everyone comes to solve life’s problems and catch up on the latest gossip.
Rough times hit the town (Last Chance, Mo.) when problems with meth labs, imminent arrival of both a certain “super-center” and a southern style restaurant chain threaten the very existence of the old way of life and the “mom and pop/small businesses.” And the new Interstate is by-passing the town.
Barker, the store’s owner, is faced with a difficult and potentially devastating decision.
“Ain’t Nothin’ Quick ’n Easy” is a reflection of what White knows of rural Missouri. Although the play is not based on a real town, White was influenced by the southern Missouri region.
“The old stores were certainly something I remembered,” he said.
The play was developed at WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab in 2003 and received second place in the Mark Twain Comic Playwriting Awards at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C.
Performances of White’s play “Ain’t Nothin’ Quick ’n Easy” are scheduled at William Woods University Dec. 1, 2 and 3 at 8 p.m., with matinee performances Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium.
There will be a special talk-back session with White following the play on Dec. 2 and the matinee on Dec. 3.
“I am so happy that the play is being done at William Woods,” said White. “It will definitely bring a good discussion about different towns.”
For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267. Prices are $8.50 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and children 5- 12. Children under 5 will not be permitted.
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