Rescheduled Runt of the Litter coming to TFAC March 26

Published 3:05 pm Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) presents the dramatic play Runt of the Litter starring Bo Eason, former NFL star player on Friday, March 26, at 8 p.m. at TFACs newly renovated theater.

Easons one-man show will inspire the audience to make their dreams a reality. Runt of the Litter is a story that proves with enough determination, nothing can prevail over the human spirit. The show is sponsored by The North Carolina Arts Council and Watson Flooring and Appliances.

Runt of the Litter looks at what happens to two brothers in a family of over-achievers when their parents assure their oldest son he is destined for football stardom, while their youngest son appears too small to compete. A line in the family sand is drawn that colors the rest of their lives.

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Runt of the Litter is, in fact, a semi-autobiographical account of Easons life and career as a safety for the Houston Oilers in the 1980s. His determination and killer instincts on the playing field remain the stuff of legend.

His brother, Tony Eason was the quarterback who led the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl in 1986. Though resolutely American in its themes (the competitiveness and violence of sports, sibling rivalry, underdog makes good), it also contains elements of ritual theater and blood sacrifice that give the material a mythic resonance and power. &bsp;

Directed by Larry Moss, Runt of the Litter is soon to be a major motion picture. One of the most powerful plays about sports in the last decade…. closer to Death of a Salesman than it is to Rockya tale of modern gladiators, obsession, testosterone, and revenge. – The New York Times

To purchase tickets for Runt of the Litter contact the Tryon Fine Arts Center at 828-859-8322 or visit the box office at 34 Melrose Ave in Tryon Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or one hour before the performance.