“Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” by Mitch Albom, under the direction of Bob Neil, will be on-stage at the Historic Fayette Theater July 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and will close Sunday, July 28, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance.
The play is the story of two bumbling Alabama brothers, who have never shot a duck, who think they have shot an angel. The two hunters, Duane, as in “doo-wane,” and his brother Duwell, fear eternal damnation for killing one of God’s messengers, and they keep searching the swamp in hopes of an angel who is alive.
As the brothers lament their fates in a murky swamp, they are chased by a cynical tabloid journalist and a reluctant photographer who don’t believe any of their story until feathers, wings and a tiara are discovered along the way.
“Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” is now the headline from an East Coast sensationalistic rag called The Weekly World and Globe (although it comes out twice a week). Reporter Sandy and photographer Lenny have been sent to check out claims that two hunters actually shot an angel. While searching for a few facts for yet another paper-selling yarn, the reporter and photographer find themselves caught up in the lives of these simple and loving southern folk.
All the while Sandy, the reporter, is being hounded by the editor back in New York to pay off the duck hunters for exclusive rights to their story. As the search for an angel continues, media helicopters hover overhead like vultures and the race is on to find the truth no matter the cost, monetarily or otherwise.
Tickets, available at the HFT box office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and children under age 12. Tickets are also available online with a credit card at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/369270 or by calling the 24/7 hotline at 1-800-838-3006.