For more than a month, the cast and crew of Discretion have rehearsed in a furnished living room on the second floor of an East Bay Street house overlooking Charleston Harbor. With the windows open, the late-afternoon breeze does its best to keep the members cool, but sweat is prevalent. The sticky atmosphere in the room seems ideal for the 90-minute, two-act, three-character play considering the subject matter — a 25-year marriage on the brink of disaster.
“The play allows people to look at how competing emotions, goals, and self-revelation can shape a marriage,” Discretion‘s director Mark Mixson says. “The audience will leave talking about what they saw.”
Discretion spotlights the outwardly content marriage of Philip, played by College of Charleston theater professor Mark Landis, and Claire, played by Pam Galle. Philip and Claire’s marriage is put under the microscope when Claire’s younger co-worker Richard, played by Boogie Dabney, begins to hint at his sexual desire for her.
Playwright Terry Roueche, who founded Rock Hill’s Main Street Theatre Company, wrote Discretion so that certain conversations begin and fluctuate without coming to a conclusion.
The minimalistic approach and twisting dialogue force the audience to pay attention to the cast members’ movements and expressions. “The reality of the dialogue and size of the stage comes off as voyeuristic and even a little uncomfortable,” Mixson says. Let the peeping begin.