Free performance features adventure stories, acting and jokes, of course
by David Leone
WAKE FOREST — A veritable all-star lineup of artists awaits the public this weekend during the Neck of the Woods performance series.
Actors, an adventurer and a professional comedian appear on the small stage for the show at Wake Forest Coffee Company, Saturday at 7 p.m.
‘Ultimate’ comic relief
Stand-up comedian Andy Forrester — who had people in stitches during the Wake Forest Rotary Club’s Comedy Night — will highlight.
Forrester’s brand of off-the-wall humor has made him one of the fastest rising comedians in the Southeast. His high-energy and animated banter has landed him spots working with some of the biggest names in comedy like Kevin Pollak, Greg Giraldo, Tom Arnold, Marc Maron and many more.
It’s his original and appetizing humor that always leaves audiences begging for more.
Family, movies, his love for food and living with his two little girls is all told by the man many call Big A.
In 2008, Andy won the title of Ultimate Comic at the Idiot Box in Greensboro and this April won the Louisville, Ky., satellite of the World Series of Comedy in hopes to take it all in Vegas in September.
Director Lyman Collins will present A Blooming of Ivy by Garry Williams. Actors Gilly Conklin and Jeffery Nugent will perform the one-act play.
Conklin has been acting in shows since 1969. Having performed primarily in the Virginia-D.C. area, she and her family moved to North Carolina in 2007 and she has performed with Theatre in the Park, Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy, Temple Theatre, Cary Players and Towne Players in Garner. Favorite roles include Dolly Levy in Hello Dolly and Miss Mona in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Nugent has been active in the Triangle theater scene, both onstage and in the shadows, since 2001. He has performed with the Towne Players of Garner, Cary Players, Neuse Little Theater, Theatre In The Park, and, most recently, OwlTree Theater for the People.
Come sail away
And adventurer-turned-author, Stephan Platzer of Wake Forest, will talk about his travels and the book he wrote called Bringing E Home, a sailing voyage on the historic schooner Ernestina in 1982.
Platzer tells the story of being a part of an international crew united by a common love for a historic vessel to overcome obstacles of language, culture, calms and squalls to bring the historic schooner Ernestina back from Africa to the U.S., where she was originally built in 1894 as a fishing boat.
It is now recognized as a National Historic Landmark. It has had several incarnations: as an Arctic explorer and training ship for young, wealthy college students; as a World War II Navy ship bringing scientists to Greenland; as a South Pacific cruising vessel; and as a Cape Verdean packet ship carrying immigrants and goods between the Cape Verde Islands and New England.
Platzer, who is a chemist by day with over 60 U.S. patents, loves adventure — especially on the high seas.
He has been stuck in the ice on a sailing voyage to Greenland, sailed a replica Viking ship from Norway to England and been around Cape Horn backwards in their winter months.
“Do I ever get afraid?” Platzer was asked recently. “No. The ocean is vast, enormous. It can devour you if it wants to, swallow you up at any time. If it’s your time, well, then, you’ll become part of the ocean. Thus far, it’s been kind to me.”
Time and place
The performance is held upstairs in the coffee shop’s event room at 156 S. White St. Wine and beer are available for purchase. A $5 per person cash donation is suggested to support the artists and their work. Seating is limited.
The Neck of the Woods Performance Series is a variety art show featuring the work of local performing artists. For two years the eclectic event has provided a stage for local musicians, writers, dancers, actors and comedians.