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GRCC Players production of 'Lobby Hero' looks at questions of truth, loyalty and justice

Jan. 9, 2023 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A murder investigation brings up questions of truth, loyalty and justice in the GRCC Players production of Kenneth Lonergan’s “Lobby Hero.”

Grand Rapids Community College student Nicholas Kamp portrays Jeff, a security guard; Jhaiell Kilgore plays his boss, William, and Aiden Bond and Jenna Bassett are two police officers. Tom Kaechele, the head of GRCC’s Theater Department, directs the production.

Kaechele is very familiar with Lonergan’s play, having directed it years ago.

“The characters are wonderfully nuanced and are difficult to bring to life, but these college student-actors are up for the challenge,” he said. “And since we’re performing in our black box space, the audience gets to be right on top of the action!”

“Lobby Hero” runs at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 through 15 at Grand Rapids Community College’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. Tickets, which can be purchased online, are $5 for students, $10 for GRCC faculty and staff, and $14 for the public. For more information, call 616-234-3387.

While the play was written before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, it’s just as timely today in light of the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements, Kaechele said.

“I’m always drawn to plays that get an audience to think, instead of telling them what to think,” he said. “I think the production makes you ponder how you make the right choices in a world where nothing seems to be absolute.”

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