Local playwright Kahlil Slater to produce comedy at SSC

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Lansing residents to perform

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Kahlil Slater (Photo provided)
SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (November 1, 2018) – Local playwright Kahlil Slater, of Phoenix, Illinois, takes on a new role as producer of his new comedy, Help Wanted!. The full-length comedy is Slater’s twelfth play and first production.

Help Wanted! will be performed as a staged reading on Tuesday, November 27, at 11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, and 8:00pm. Running time is approximately one hour. Performances are free and open to the public. Slater is hoping that the staged reading will be followed at some point by a full-scale production of the play.

Help Wanted! is described as “a delightful escapist comedy for all ages.” The plot involves a freak snowstorm that interferes with an amateur bank heist, leaving the robbers with $50,000 and no place to hide. The robbers spy a “Help Wanted” sign in a diner window and disguise themselves to get jobs as chef and server, storing their loot in a kitchen pot until they can escape. When the police arrive for their daily snack, trouble begins. The robbery, snowstorm, and showdown come to a head when the power goes out.

Slater, 23, began writing scripts eight years ago, and his love of storytelling led him to the dramatic arts. Slater served as assistant director of the SSC Playhouse’s production of Man of La Mancha prior to writing Help Wanted! He plans to continue refining his craft by pursuing a graduate-level degree in playwriting.

The company of Help Wanted! includes SSC students Miracle Thurman, Malcolm Banks, and Linda Stewart of Chicago; Taylor Michael and Ana Torres of Lansing; Cameron Duckery of Hazel Crest; and Slater himself. SSC Playhouse Director Bobbie Saltzman leads the charge.

The readings will be performed in the newly opened Performing Center Playwright Lab Room 3236, on the third floor, easily reached by the north elevator. The Lab will open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Seating is open, but limited. To reserve a seat, email [email protected].

South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State Street in South Holland, Illinois. Free, ample, well-lit parking is available.