'One for the Road' at ARTworks about actor contemplating his fate

info@islandpacket.comOctober 21, 2013 

Bill Patton

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"One for the Road," written by and starring St. Helena Island resident Bill Patton, will be presented Oct. 25-27 at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St., Beaufort.

The play is about an actor contemplating his own fate. "I am terrified," he says, "by the knowledge that one day I will lose the ability to choose." In the course of trying to be sure he has filled the "vessel of his humanity" sufficiently, he summons his own departed spirit, and together they consider the conflicts of his life in order to determine whether the demons and dragons have been conquered to the extent that he feels free to walk through the dark door into the light. In contemplating his death, Patton glides right over the night he sipped bourbon with the late, great Tennessee Williams, but spares no detail in revisiting the skeletons in his closet.

As a former football player for the Charleston High School Bantams, Bill Patton is rooted in the Lowcountry. He is the author of plays including "Uncle Buck," "For Phenus, One More Time," and "Bernie Babcock." For the past decade, he has been a director and acting instructor in theater programs in Charleston and in Alexandria and Richmond, Va.

Tickets are $17, $12 for students 13 and older, $7 for children 12 and younger, and $12 a person for groups of 10 or more. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and 3 p.m. Oct. 27.

Details: 843-379-2787, www.artworksinbeaufort.org

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