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Gracefully Ending
by A.J. DeLauder

Set in 2009 amidst the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, Gracefully Ending depicts, through flashback, the tale of Beth Fuller, a divorced and recently fired bank clerk facing homelessness. Beth’s only son, Andrew, has become emotionally distant ever since she refused to bail him out of jail, so Beth finds herself trying to move in with her ailing, widowed mother, Margret, under the guise of protecting Margret from falling down late at night.

But Margret doesn’t want help, and the two begin feuding, especially after Beth learns that Margret believes she sees her late husband, Hank, in the house. In desperation, Beth calls on a doctor to declare her mother incompetent and even enlists Andrew for support.

A fight quickly builds between the two women, much like the early season snowstorm outside, and soon both find themselves faced with the same ultimatum: Ending gracefully requires ending with love.

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Showtimes are Wednesday, May 29 through Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 2 at 2 p.m.

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The Costume Shop, located on the second floor of The Backstage building at 105 E. Center Street in Oakland, offers costume rentals for all ages and a range of sizes. Options include traditional store-bought costumes as well as vintage clothing.

Costume rentals are $5 per complete outfit. Renters are encouraged to bring a photograph of the desired look to assist volunteers in putting together a costume.

The shop will be open on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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