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*Longwood University Theatre’s production of the Shakespearean comedy Twelfth Night will be presented Feb. 17-21 in Jarman Auditorium.

Performances in the one-week engagement will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $8 for senior citizens, Longwood faculty/staff and students from other colleges/schools; and $6 for Longwood students with ID.

Visit or call the box office (434-395-2474) for tickets. The box office is on the first floor of the Center for Communication Studies and Theatre, located at the corner of Franklin and Race streets.

Because this is the first Longwood Theatre production in Jarman since 2009, the Office of Alumni and Career Services is extending a special invitation to alumni for the Saturday performance. There will be an alumni reception at 5 p.m. in the Maugans Alumni Center and an alumni walk to Jarman at 6:30.

“This is a rollicking comedy in which strange romance gives way to a miracle,” said Bruce Speas, associate professor of theatre, who is directing the production. “It’s about love lost, love found and love turned upside down.”


*contributed by LWU Office of Pubic Relations








Farmville, Va.—For a playwright, having an “off” day—or even an “off-off” day—is great.

Playwright Brett Hursey, a Longwood University English professor, had four great days in January, when a compilation of seven of his trademark 10-minute comedies was produced at an off-off Broadway theater near Times Square in New York City.

To top it off, it was the first time the compilation, titled Lady Parts, had been produced as a conventional two-act show; six of the eight performances sold out; and the show proved so popular that the producer asked Hursey for permission to reprise the show in March.

“Ten-minute play festivals are usually made up of seven plays by seven different playwrights, so it was nice to have a play produced that was my vision for an hour and a half,” said Hursey, who teaches in Longwood’s creative writing program. “The seven plays were presented as one complete work, like a collection of short stories. Most ten-minute play festivals are like a Whitman box of chocolates; this was more of a unified vision.”

The female-oriented Lady Parts, subtitled “Seven Short Gynocomical Plays,” was performed twice daily Jan. 28-31 by the AlphaNYC Theater Co. in the Corner Office NYC Theater, an “intimate” theater with a seating capacity of about 50, said Hursey. (Off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway designations are based on seating capacity.)

“The audience seemed to like the show,” said Hursey of the performance he attended Jan. 30, when extra chairs had to be brought in. “Normally I sit in the back row to see audience reaction but, because the performance was sold out, I had to sit in the front row, which was weird. That was the first time I’d sat in the front row for one of my shows. I tend to watch the audience more than the show.”

Hursey received an email Feb. 4 from the show’s director, Alice Camarota, who said that producer Adam Roebuck was “so happy with the way the show turned out, he would like to bring it back for one more weekend.” Negotiations are under way for those performances.

Hursey described Lady Parts as “seven different shows about seven different women. It’s about how women have to negotiate a world that is full of difficulties uniquely set up for their gender. Sometimes those difficulties are men, and sometimes those difficulties are actually other women.” More than half of Hursey’s plays are written from a female perspective.

This was the second time that a full-length play by Hursey has been produced in an off- or off-off-Broadway theater. When he was a graduate student at Oklahoma State University in 1992, his play Figment was staged by the PAM Repertory Theatre in Manhattan. The “dramedy” (half-comedy/half-drama), about a psychiatrist who begins to see one of his patient’s imaginary friends, was the third play he had written and the first to be produced.

A self-taught playwright who also has published three books of poetry and two chapbooks (shorter books of poetry), Hursey has written about 30 short plays. All but one are comedies, and most feature zany characters and absurdist plots. They have been produced in five foreign countries and in more than 100 theaters across the United States, including more than 50 off/off-Broadway productions.


Dan Dwyer seeks Re-election


Dan Dwyer, at-­?large councilman for the Town of Farmville, has thrown his hat back into the political ring. He has obtained necessary signatures to qualify and will appear on the ballot on May 3. Dwyer was elected to Town Council in August 2014 filling the un-­?expired term of then Councilman David Whitus who gave up his seat when elected mayor.

Dwyer has been busy serving on the Town of Farmville Assets and Resources Committee, Town of Farmville Development and Marketing Committee, and Farmville Enhancement of Roads and Neighborhoods (FERN). He continues to serve on the Town of Farmville Planning Commission As Town Council’s representative.

Phone scams ramp up in Farmville


Farmville residents are being warned about phone scams during this time of year. The Farmville Police Department says these cons range from targeting the elderly, to people claiming they’re with the IRS, and computer repair services requesting passwords. Farmville patrol officers found that between January 1st and February 28th, these reports increase. You’re urged to contact your local police department if you feel you’ve been a victim of a phone scam.

Thief tried to use “Black Lives Matter” motto


A 22-year-old Victoria man who tried to use the “Black Lives Matter” motto to get out of a crime he committed has learned his fate. Desmond Abdul Crawley was recently sentenced in Lunenburg Circuit Court to about 100 days in jail as a result of stealing a tip jar from a Victoria restaurant.
According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement, when Crawley was arrested he was extremely uncooperative, making statements that the police probably wanted to kill him and that “black lives matter.”
Crawley’s conscience apparently got the best of him. Officials said during his court appearance the tipster thief pled guilty and asked to go to jail until his trial date (February 1, 2016).

Police are still investigating a drive by shooting


Police are still investigating a drive by shooting near the Appomattox County community of Chap. Nobody was injured in the shooting at a residence on Robinson Road, in which a barrage of bullets struck a home last Tuesday night, causing broken windows, and some damage inside the home. Police said there are no direct suspects at this time, however, a dark-colored, four-door car was spotted by witnesses. Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office.



The Farmville Police Department would like to remind citizens that phone scams have historically been prevalent during the early months of the year. These scams range from person(s) claiming to be family members requesting money, IRS Scams demanding payment, power companies demanding payment and  computer repair services requesting passwords. Farmville patrol officers recently conducted research using crime analytics and found that between January 1st and February 28th, these reports increase. In 2014 we found 6 reports during that time, in 2015 we found 9. So far this year, we have already received 10 reports of phone scams.

These are very difficult crimes to solve as the scammers are often spread out in any number of locations. The best approach to take is to question any type of call of this nature. Ask for a call back number and advise the caller you will call them back after you confirm their true identity. Contact a friend or family member to ask a second opinion and report the incident to your local police department who can help you determine the validity of the caller. Almost all businesses will have a phone listing on-line. Please practice caution anytime you conduct business over the phone and help reduce your chances of becoming a victim.


The future of Crossroads Community Services remains uncertain


The future of Crossroads Community Services remains uncertain. During a recent meeting, several employees with the agency expressed their concerns about recent layoffs of four staff members, and wanted to know if they were to expect any other future workforce reductions.
On January 20, Susan Baker terminated four management staff, all of whom had expressed concerns about her leadership and operations of the CSB, and some felt like the terminations were retaliation for whistleblowing. The organization employs more than 400 people at facilities in Prince Edward, Lunenburg, Charlotte and Amelia and serves thousands of county residents each year.

Farmville Police are still looking for a robbery suspect


Farmville Police are still looking for a robbery suspect. The Department responded to an attempted armed robbery at the Pure Station on East Third Street last month (January 17), in which the station employee described the suspect as possibly white or Hispanic, 5 feet and 5 inches tall, and about 120-130 lbs. Police say the station clerk fought with the robber before he fled from the store getting into a vehicle described as dark colored Chrysler. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Farmville Police Department.



LYNCHBURG- Scot E. Shippee, P.E. has been selected to fill the position of Resident Engineer for the Dillwyn Residency of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Lynchburg District.  The Dillwyn Residency delivers core services to citizens in the counties of Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland and Prince Edward.

Shippee, who has been the Acting Resident Engineer since December 2015, has served as the Assistant Resident Engineer for the Dillwyn Residency since joining VDOT in August of 2012.   In January 2015, he also assumed the duties of Area Land Use Engineer for the residency, in addition to his role managing maintenance operations.

Prior to joining VDOT, Shippee served for six years as a land development project manager for a private engineering firm and 10 years in Engineering and Administration for the Town of Christiansburg, VA.

Shippee is a native of Buckingham County, a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, and has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 2006.




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