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AJ student’s play to be staged this week

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By Jesef Williams

KERSHAW – There may be a playwright in the making, and you will have a chance to see his work before he makes it to the big stage.

Ethan Wells, a senior at Andrew Jackson High School, has written a play called “Drifter.”

His work placed in the top three in this year’s Palmetto Dramatic Association competition. Nearly 150 students statewide submitted entries.

Wells is shocked that he won. His eyes open wide and his jaw drops when you ask him about it.

“That’s incredible,” Wells said. “I’ve never had a feeling like this. I’ve never had any accomplishment do this well.”

“Drifter” centers on an old man in a train station who crosses paths with a younger man. The two realize they have a lot in common, though the old man has been a drifter all his life.

The setting is early 1990s in the South.  The play is about 20 minutes long and features seven characters, who are played by drama students at Andrew Jackson High.

Wells will learn if he finished in first, second or third in the state when “Drifter” is performed at the PDA conference Feb. 20-22.

He’s the first AJ High student to place in the top three, said Joe Timmons, the school’s theater direction.  He lauds Wells for his creativity.

“He’s got the imagination that most students his age do not have,” Timmons said. “He thinks outside the box.”

Before Wells brings his play to the Palmetto Dramatic Association, residents will have a chance to see the performance.

“Drifter” is being staged at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the AJ High auditorium.

The play is part of a double feature, as students will also perform the play “The Audition,” which will also be staged by AJHS during the PDA festival.

Admission to the performance is $3 each night.  

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152