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Alan Felix (Neil Smith) is shown here acting out one of his fantasies from Woody
Allen's comedy, Play It Again, Sam, presented by the Playmakers Repertory
Company. Kent Rizley appears as the legendary Humphrey Bogart.
Bogey, Woody team up to create
a comic Playmakers production
No one can deny that Bogart is still big,
nor can anyone argue with the popular
appeal linked with Woody Allen's name.
Playmakers Repertory Company (PRC)
provides the best of both these worlds when
it presents Woody Allen's romantic comedy
Play It Again, Sam Nov. 10 through 26.
The third production of the PRC season
shows us the American man measuring his
sex appeal against the movie mythology of
Humphrey Bogart. Throughout the play
Bogey tries to coach Allan Felix on the ways
of wooing women, but to no avail. Allan
lacks the suave manner of Bogey and
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Guest director for the PRC production is
Bill Peters. Peters directed the world
Dremiere of the Chris Durang Albert
Innaurto play, The Idiots
Karamazov, the United States premier of
Ionesco's Macbett, and most recently
Wedekind's Lulu in Toronto.
Allan Felix, an insecure neurotic haunted
by his idol Bogart, is played by Neil Smith.
Smith comes to PRC after appearing in an
off-Broadway prodution of John Guare's
House of Blue Leaves, in which he played
Kent Rizley portrays the legendary film
star Humphrey Bogart. Rizley's acting
career has taken him through all the 50
states, working in regional theatres and
touring with the National Shakespeare
PRC audiences will remember Darrie
Lawrence from her appearance in several
productions last season with the company.
This season she appeared in the successful
PRC run of Equus. In Play It Again, Sam,
she is Linda Christie, the wife of Allan's best
friend Dick, who understands the
insecurities that Allan has.
Henry 0. Arnold, a graduate student at
UNC working toward his MFA degree,
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It only takes one day. Awake at 8 on a
weekend morning and make the hike to
Franklin County. The experience begins at
10 a.m. when the six-hour instruction course
on skydiving convenes. But there are no
desks or chairs, no chalkboards, no
notebooks the classroom is a ragamuffin
landing strip masquerading as an airfield in a
rural county north of Raleigh.
To local parachutcrs, though, the grounds
of the Franklin County Sport Parachute
Center are an oasis in a desert of highways,
high-tension lines, streams and rugged hills.
You are as close to nowhere as you can be,
and the jumpers love it. For beginners,
especially, the area is near-perfect hazards
are few and easily avoided.
But it seems that the strangest people
choose to live in nowhere. Nowhere Franklin
County has its share of these folk, such as the
old woman who resides or exists about
a quarter-mile north of the center's drop
zone, or target for jumpers. The tales abound
concerning this elderly matron; for example,
there was the time she drew her double
barreled shotgun on an errant skydiver.
Fortunately, discretion saw fit to keep the
load of buckshot where it belonged.
Your instructor will tell you that the chute
is made of nylon, with nylon lines running to
He will tell you to take a good look at the
open canopy above your head. You should
see some modifications L-shaped
modifications are used for your first jumps.
They'll serve to stabilize your descent.
Perhaps most important, your instructor
will time and time again demonstrate the
proper arch that you must maintain during
those four seconds before the chute opens.
With your arms outstretched, your head
cocked back and your back arched, you will
fall almost parallel with the earth. If your
exit, though, fails to meet the requirements,
Newton's Laws and a host of other novelties
will go to work on you, twist you around,
spin you in circles, and force tumbles and
somersaults your mind never thought that
weak old body of yours could ever
But all good will prevail, and that is the
beauty of skydiving. While human errors can
make life more trying, they are easily
avoided and are open for prompt correction.
As for mechanical failures nasty events
which the layman most often fears, they are
exceedingly rare and, over millions of jumps,
almost never cause injury.
The instructor will ensure that each and
every beginner understands the procedures
for an emergency actions to take in .the
event of "slow" or "fast" malfunctions. The
terminology is self-explanatory slow
malfunctions leave the jumper falling fast
slows down the skydive, giving him plenty of
time to take alternative action. Fast
malfunctions leave the jumper filing fast
the chute doesn't open. I n either case, there is
no cause for grave alarm reserve chutes
are easy to use and reliable. But probably not
The last lesson will find you jumping off a
three-foot-high platform which help
simulate a landing. "PLF" Parachute
Landing Fall is the sport's equivalent of
falling out of bed in the morning, yet
probably causes more jumpers grief and
injury. But as with all other aspects of
skydiving, it is human error that leads to
injury. And you are taught to avoid those
An hour later, emotion mounts. The
jumpmaster straps you into the harness,
equips you with helmet, reserve chute
(including an altimeter in the event you pass
out) and jumping boots. From that point on,
you might as well be on your own.
The remaining events seem
indistinguishable. Take-off from a hard
packed dirt strip; a slow climb to 3,000 feet;
one pass over the drop zone to familiarize the
beginner with the view, and then. . . .
Almost every first-time skydiver lets out a
loud loud whoop of joy that lasts the
full descent unto earth. This novice did. The
serenity of open space, the grace of free
floating quiet, the lazy drift toward the
ground all are available every weekend at
the Franklin County Sport Parachute
Center. Take Highway 15 north to 1-85
north. About eight miles along the interstate,
take the Route 15 exit for Creedmoor. Four
tofive miles later, take a right on Highway 56
east. Another 20 miles and the center will be
found on the south side of the highway. The
price: for a first-jump course $40. For a
group of five or more, the price is $35 per
person. Prices include training, equipment
and the first jump. You can also contact the
UNC Parachute Club, which offers special
rates for students.
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