THURMONT, Md. - When Spence Watson saw Sheri Wilner's play about a newly engaged woman torn between her fiance and a mysterious lover, he fell in love with it and knew it would be an ideal piece for a one-act competition.
The mysterious lover, who appears out of the sea, "appeals to (the main character's) repressed desires and feelings of self-worth, to lure her to come out in the ocean with him because he loves her also," Watson said.
Watson is directing "Hunger" for Thurmont Thespians, who will present the play this Friday and Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church Social Hall before taking it to the Maryland State One-Act Play Competition the following weekend in La Plata, Md.
The play is about the pull of real love versus a mythical love affair, said Watson, of Sabillasville, Md.
"Hunger" premiered in 2000 at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Watson said he trimmed the play slightly to fit the 60 minutes permitted for the one-act play competition.