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Stage Too presents powerful 'The Other Place' beginning Feb. 5

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Catherine Miller Hahn, director of “The Other Place,” left, and Melanie Sapecky (“Juliana”) stand inside the Prescott Center for the Art’s Stage Too Tuesday afternoon in Prescott.  The play, written by Sharr White, opens on Feb. 5.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br> Catherine Miller Hahn, director of “The Other Place,” left, and Melanie Sapecky (“Juliana”) stand inside the Prescott Center for the Art’s Stage Too Tuesday afternoon in Prescott. The play, written by Sharr White, opens on Feb. 5.

Hold onto those emotions as Sharr White's "The Other Place" comes to Prescott Center for the Arts' Stage Too Theater.

Opening next week on Thursday, Feb. 5, the adult mystery drama is directed by Catherine Miller Hahn, who has directed more than 65 professional, regional, academic and community productions.

Hahn said she was first introduction with "The Other Place" was in an off Broadway production two years ago when it starred Laurie Metcalf as a special engagement. She said it made her want to direct it immediately.

"It's very compelling, it's very powerful," she said, stating the only aspect of the plot she would reveal is its genre. "It's very funny in places as life is."

Hahn also said she saw the play on a proscenium stage and could feel during the performance that the cast wished they could be in a black box theater, which is the type of theater Stage Too is. She said the closer the audience is to the action of the type of play "The Other Place" is, the more powerful it is.

Melanie Sapecky plays the character of Juliana. She said the play has a great script and called it a true ensemble piece.

"It takes every person to say every word for the play to work and it takes all of that for any one of us to be able to do the play justice," Sapecky said. "I'm considered the lead because I have the most lines but really it takes everybody to make that play happen."

Sapecky also said "The Other Place" is the type of play that moved her so much that she wanted to see it produced whether or not she was in it.

Hahn said when she originally saw the production, it included a talk afterward with the actors and the playwright. She said there will be a similar talk following each showing.

Hahn also stated the acting is the best part of the show and that the play should be seen by anyone who loves theater.

"You don't want to miss something that's written this well that's performed by such strong people as we have," Hahn said. "If you're a theater goer, you won't want to miss this one."

"The Other Place" will be on Stage Too, located behind the Prescott Center for the Arts in the alley between East Willis Street and Sheldon Street.. Showtimes are February 5-7, 12-14, and 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. and February 8, 14, 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. The show itself is 80 minutes and the talk afterwards is about 40.

Tickets are $15.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit https://www.pfaa.net/stage-too.html.

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