Photo by Brian Giandelone
Sharon Wilson and Jim Dailey burst through a door onto the stage at the Red Clay Theatre, each with a pointed, silver foil in hand.
The duo, who play husband and wife in this production of "Moon Over Buffalo," engage in a mock fencing battle, foils clinking as they connect.
Wilson's character, Charlotte Hay, fights dirty, stomping on her husband George's foot.
It's a fight scene carefully choreographed -- "It's fast, I feel like a Jedi," Dailey laughed -- but the foils are genuine metal and can hurt.
"They are definitely real. I've gotten a foil upside the hip a couple of times," Wilson laughed.
"Well if you would block when you're supposed to ..." Daily interrupted. "I'm just saying."
The two share a hearty laugh. It seems the on stage banter between traveling actors George and Charlotte in "Moon Over Buffalo" carries off stage for the Gwinnett residents playing these parts, a reflection of the comedic chemistry the two share on stage.
A necessary chemistry as these are the leads chosen to helm the debut production for the newly created Red Clay Theatre Company, a professional company based in Duluth led by co-artistic directors Jeffrey Scott Bailey and Eric Michael Bragg and production director Stephanie Darlene Wallace.
The production of "Moon Over Buffalo" -- a comedy written by Ken Ludwig set in 1950s New York -- is done in partnership with the metro Atlanta community theater group Old Alabama Road Company. The play follows George and Charlotte as they try to regain the spotlight despite mishap after mishap.
Sara Holton, an Atlanta resident who plays Eileen, an actress in the Hays' theater company who has had a one night stand with George, encourages audiences to bring tissues, but not for the reason one might anticipate.
"You're gonna laugh til you cry," she said.