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The Devil and Ben Jones
a Absurdist Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Joseph Ferron Hiatt

COMPANY : VisionQuest Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Dad's Garage Theater [WEBSITE]
ID# 578

SHOWING : October 18, 2002 - November 03, 2002

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

On Friday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m., VisionQuest Theater Company
presents the world premiere of Joseph Ferron Hiatt's sadistically
funny and wickedly clever The Devil and Ben Jones. This production is
presented in part of the First Glance Atlanta Festival. This
production will also be the first at the newly finished Top Self at
Dad's Garage.

Isolated and alone living in a dark, gnarled oak-covered ravine where
folks disappear and poached deer are hung to drain, the rakish,
rascally, and quite reasonable Devil pursues Ben Jones. Abandoned and
confused by his mother Miss Jones (a cross between Glinda and Cruella
DeVille), and betrayed by his only companion, foul-aired Pug, Ben is
sealed in refrigerators, buried in washes and coaxed into pits. As
Ben grows, he must make a choice --with a mother like Miss Jones, the
Devil might look like a reasonable option to you too.

Playwright Joseph Ferron Hiatt says, "This is a play about desire and
taboo. About wanting something you shouldn't . About searching to
make peace with yourself. When I was a kid my bed was about one foot
from a window with a bullet hole through it that the wind trickled in
from the heavy overgrowth outside. Every night I would lay there
hoping not to see the glowing red pig eyes floating out there I had
read about in The Amityville Horror. As I grew older the pig eyes
grew into something vastly different that I hoped to find in the
forest. I believe every great story holds the prince and the wicked
stepmother in its hand and it is up to the viewer to decide who is
who." Hiatt is the author of such plays as Missed America, A Yellow
Fever, and Atlanta Burns. Hiatt will be working on his latest play,
Translated, in Paris this fall before returning for a short time to
Boston and then Philadelphia before attending the opening of The Devil
and Ben Jones in Atlanta.

"The Devil and Ben Jones will be a first for us at VisionQuest," says
Artistic Director, Montica Pes, "We've done some funny and sadistic
before--you know, slapping around your girl, hand up the thigh kind of
thing...but this show...kids, violence, sexy moms and, oh, the
Devil...damn. I read the play out loud with a friend on a flight to
D.C. and all the surrounding passengers put up their inflight
magazines and Harry Potter paperbacks to listen to us. When someone
puts down Harry Potter, you know you've found gold. Then we were
contacted by First Glance and the perfect opportunity for the premiere
materialized. Jim (Davies) is creating a backwoods world that will
creep you, make your bones twitch and skin prickle. Perfect for
Halloween."

Jim Davies, an artistic associate at VisionQuest, is at the helm
directing and playing the malformed, chicken-boned Ben. Jim has also
commissioned a harpist and percussionist to score the play and perform
it live. Elizabeth Wright Coats steps in as the sadistic yet needy
Miss Jones. Tim Cordier plays Pug, Ben's best friend and closest
nemisis. And Nick Rhoton rounds out the cast playing the Devil.

The Devil and Ben Jones will continue October 19-November 3, 2002,
Thursday through Sunday, all times 8 p.m. at the Topshelf at Dad's
Garage, Elizabeth Street. Tickets are $15 for Saturdays, and $12 for
Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. For reservations, call 404-607-9818.

You can find additional information and directions on VisionQuest
Theater's website at
http://www.VisionQuestTheater.com/


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Jim Davies
Artistic Director Montica Pes
Miss Jones Elizabeth Wright Coats
Pug Tim Cordier
Ben Jones Jim Davies
Devil Nick Rhoton
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