Professor Shook's play to be performed by Ohio troupe

Release Date: 3/24/2014

A play written by University of the Ozarks Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Rhonda Shook will be presented April 3-13 at the Weathervane Playhouse in Newark, Ohio.

Thunderstruck in Possum GrapeThe Licking County Players, Inc., of Newark will present "Thunderstruck in Possum Grape," a comedy written by Shook. The play, which will be directed by Charles W. Hupp, was originally produced at Weathervane Playhouse 15 years ago.

Shook with be attending the opening performance of the play, which centers around Kya McKennon, a woman trying desperately to escape the bizarre southern town of Possum Grape, Arkansas. Among the characters who reside in Possum Grape are a tattooed gynecologist who makes house calls on a Harley, a redneck mechanic who wears heels and pearls to feel pretty, and the resident witch who brews potions to speed your recovery.

Shook, an alumna of Ozarks, earned her Ph.D. in speech communication with an emphasis in play-writing from Southern Illinois University.