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gua: One-act play finds funny side of divorce


Sheila Bryant and Barry McLeod will star in “Divorce N’ Us.”

AIDA MALLARD/Special to the Guardian
Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 3:12 p.m.

'Divorce N' Us" written by Barry S. McLeod is a two-actor, one act comedic play about a feuding married couple who meet to iron out the terms of their divorce.

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Divorce N' Us

What: "Divorce N' Us," a one-act comedic play.
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, April 10.
Where: D.R. Williams Fellowship Hall, 618 NW 6th St. (across from the Gainesville Police Department).
Tickets: $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-13 by calling 352-371-2700 or online at www.thewritesideofme.com. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Information: Call 352-371-2700.

McLeod stars, directs and produces the play, which can be described as unadorned theatre; just two people in love trying to come to terms with their broken marriage.

Harry Davis, played by McLeod, and Barbara Davis, played by Shelia Bryant, meet at Barbara Davis' living room in the house they once shared for the purpose of planning their divorce.

Presented by The Write Side of Me Productions, Inc., Divorce N' Us will be shown at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at D.R. Williams Fellowship Hall, 618 NW 6th St. (across from the Gainesville Police Department).

Tickets, which are $15 for adults, and $10 for children ages 5-13, are available by calling 371-2700 or online at www.thewritesideofme.com.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

McLeod said the couple's intention is to plan a divorce in a respectful manner, without bitterness. But emotions get in the way, and the meeting soon deteriorates into a hilarious free for all where casting blame becomes the main topic of discussion.

Although the play is a comedy, McLeod said it explores serious issues that can make or break a marriage such as lack of communication and understanding, being inconsiderate, and unsupportive, and ignoring issues that are important to the individuals in the marriage.

"These are two people who are in love but are having trouble getting their marriage to work," McLeod said. "They sit down to discuss the divorce without an attorney."

McLeod said the mood of the actors switches back and forth from combative to amicable. Then something happens as they reflect on their times together. McLeod said this play is a "must see" for people in relationship, and encourages couples to attend the play together.

"The divorce rate gets higher and higher," McLeod said. "There are some people who are in love but struggling to make their relationship work.

"This play is about God being able to do what men and woman can't do, in terms of making a marriage work," McLeod said.

McLeod said the play is available to organizations and churches that have a marriage and relationship ministries.

For more information, call McLeod at 371-2700.

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