JUNE 17, 2013
The Freed-Hardeman University Theatre Department will present “The Eccentrics,” a comedy written and directed by FHU’s Joshua Decker, June 20-22 at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. Admission to the production is free.
“The Eccentrics” is the story of Tim, a young man who decides to become a vigilante despite his lack of superpowers, skills or money. His pursuit of heroism proves to be more difficult than it seems in comic books or movies.
As technical director for FHU theatre at FHU, Decker usually works primarily with set design, lighting and sound. With this production, however, he is director and playwright. He wrote the play to tie in with the QUEST theme, “Comicon.” “I am a huge comic book fan and I wanted to tell a story about someone who takes his fandom to the next level—the level we all want to take it to but are too afraid to do anything about,” he said.
In addition, he said, he wanted to offer some theatre over the summer to give the faculty and staff something fun to experience when the students are gone.
Audiences can expect a “fast-paced, somewhat witty production that explores the eccentric minds of superhero fans,” Decker said. “In addition,” he said, “there’s a pretty solid message within the text.” Although this is his first play to write, he would gladly do it again it the opportunity arrived. “Especially,” he said, “if could work with such great talent again.”