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'Mr. Green' pays a visit to the Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre

FREEPORT � The highly acclaimed two-man play "Visiting Mr. Green" by Jeff Baron will be performed at 7:30 p.m. February 23, 24 and 25 in the Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre. Actor and HCC alumnus Ben Marten will play Ross Gardiner alongside fellow actor and director John Webb as Mr. Green. funny christmas pictures

Featuring characters Mr. Green and Gardiner, the play explores the unlikely circumstances and subsequent intergenerational bond surrounding two Jewish men in New York City. Gardiner, a 30-year-old corporate executive, nearly runs over the 86-year-old retired dry cleaner with his car. As part of his reckless driving sentence, Gardiner makes court-ordered visits to Mr. Green for six months, a time of revelation and growth for both men. funny pictures

"These two characters are wonderfully drawn by a talented playwright (Jeff Baron), and that they are both intriguing in their personal conflicts and their ultimate willingness to practice tolerance and understanding," said Webb. "The play has many laugh-moments but is finally about tolerance and human compassion." funny images

Marten agreed that scenes can be extremely emotional at times, but are unpredictable and "come up on you quickly." He added the pace of the play moves fast as well, packing in plenty of substance and character development without overly dramatic pauses.

This will be Marten�s first time returning to a theatre stage since 2008. He had read "Visiting Mr. Green" for another audition a while back and always envisioned doing the two-person piece with Webb, a mentor he credits with inspiring his career path as an actor. After mulling it over for a couple of years, Webb came to him this December about getting started. funny photos

Marten admitted he�s looking forward to putting away the "subtle" mannerisms required of acting on camera for a few weeks and embrace the "extravagance" of live theatre instead, having most recently acted in roles for the TV series The Chicago Code and an upcoming film by independent director Ramin Bahrani.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students. Purchase tickets online here, or by calling the Highland Community College Box Office weekdays between 1 and 5 p.m. at 815.235.6127.

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Freeport, IL 61032-9341

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