Arts & Entertainment

CBC's tale of espionage, intrigue kicks off Feb. 4

Nothing like a splash of intrigue, dark secrets and romance to spice up a good stage show, especially when it's based on real life.

That's what you'll get when Wilderness of Mirrors opens Feb. 4 in the theater at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

The drama is about a young reporter who tries to uncover how spies were selected and trained during World War II.

The story is based on the workings of the CIA and was written after scores of interviews with CIA insiders and thousands of pages of previously classified documents were researched, said director Ginny Quinley.

"In the 1940s, selected students at Yale University were recruited by their professors to form the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) and later the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency)," Quinley said. "Most of the country never knew exactly how and why those social science intellectuals from academe, while largely performing in a research branch, suddenly became privy to international secrets."

Cady Rutherford plays Erin, a student journalist who tracks down a guy in the Yale library who finally agrees to talk with her about the agency. His stories begin to spring to life among the shelves of the library.

Other key characters include Rob Chisholm as the professor, Jennifer Reed as his wife, Alissa Wilson as his niece, and Ryan Clements, Scott Whiteman and Travis Franks as the college students he councils. Other cast members include Drew Tolley, James Callaghan, Kris Heinze and Cameron Rush.

Ronn Campbell is the scenic and lighting designer.

Though the play is appropriate for teenagers, it does contain adult language and is unsuitable for younger children, Quinley said.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at Adventures Underground in Richland, JD's Time Center in Kennewick and the CBC Bookstore.

For more information, call 542-5531.

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