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A lot happens in ‘Passengers’ eight short plays

LESSON TIME — Al (Alan Price) and Marsha (Susan Madden) teach a hapless Ernest (Aurelio Martinez) that it's always best to help your fellow man in one of eight short plays in the comedy "Passengers." Photo by Kris Hunt
LESSON TIME — Al (Alan Price) and Marsha (Susan Madden) teach a hapless Ernest (Aurelio Martinez) that it's always best to help your fellow man in one of eight short plays in the comedy "Passengers." Photo by Kris Hunt

LESSON TIME — Al (Alan Price) and Marsha (Susan Madden) teach a hapless Ernest (Aurelio Martinez) that it's always best to help your fellow man in one of eight short plays in the comedy "Passengers." Photo by Kris Hunt

Four actors play 17 characters in eight short scenes ranging from comedic to poignant, all placed in the same bus station.

A disillusioned traveling salesman announces to fellow passengers they are all dead, an eternal loser decides to embark on a life of crime, old high school classmates meet and recall the good old days, a man is taught it’s best to help your fellow man (or woman), a widow collects her husband’s ashes, a wedding is disrupted and a wonderful affair never happens, all before the final bus of life leaves the station.

Director Jennifer Rathner guides four local actors (Aurelio Martinez, Susan Madden, Alan Price and Kris Hunt) through this funny and poignant series of stories, all set in an unknown bus station. In addition to her theatre resume spanning 30 years, Rathner is a member of the Director’s Guild of America with a resume that includes “Law & Order,” “Swift Justice,” “Black Holes,” “Home Alone II,” “Bullets Over Broadway” and more. While in New York she was a Waldorf High School teacher before she and her family moved to the Sacramento area.

Bob and Ro Productions presents “Passengers” on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., May 13 through June 12. Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 seniors and $15 students, and can be arranged by calling the box office at (877) 532-7171 between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, The Studio Theatre, 1028 R St., Sacramento. The play contains some strong language.

 

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