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Scully returns to FAC with ‘The Voices of Camden, The Quarrel with Oneself’

Posted: November 11, 2011 4:03 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2011 5:00 a.m.

“The Voices of Camden, The Quarrel with Oneself,” the popular Tony Scully workshop in writing and performing dramatic monologues, is back on the boards for the 10th time. This performance will feature some of Tony’s favorite monologues from the past and is entitled “My Favorite Monologues.” Soon to be a book, this is only a small portion of what will be published in the near future. The performance will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Wood Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The book version, “The Voices of Camden, the Quarrel with Oneself” should be available sometime during 2012 with the best of five years of dramatic monologues,” Scully said.

“Camden, and in fact all of Kershaw Country -- Lugoff, Bethune, Cassatt, carries with it a cultural reticence,” says Scully. “Most of us remain deeply private, our personal thoughts and experiences were never meant to be part of the public conversation -- until now. Something has changed: many people want to share their humor, their fears, their personal conflicts as a way of creating community and also of communicating who they are to future generations. Genealogy doesn’t tell us much about individual style, but our stories do, and when we write them down they last forever.”

“There’s more,” Scully continues. “When someone gets up to speak in front of audience, he or she brings their individual sound, one that resonates with a lifetime of feelings, some at odds with each other. Our best stories tell us that we often cannot resolve our own contradictions.”

Scully cites Professor Edward Ayers of the University of Virginia: “The South, contrary to so many words written in defense and in attack, was not a fixed, known, and unified place, but rather a place of constant movement, struggle, and negotiation.”

In addition to Scully, writer performers include veteran monologists Joy Claussen, Norm McAbee, Kathryn Bellamy, Jessica Zeller, Liz Knox, Chip Summers and Hank Kerfoot.

For more information call 425-7676, extension 300 or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. The FAC is located at 810 Lyttleton St. in Camden. Box office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

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