Know No Stranger Press Release 10/7/13
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Know No Stranger enlist stage manager Wallace Wimbley for Optical Popsicle 5
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Local artist group Know No Stranger have inked a deal with veteran theater production manager Wallace W. Wimbley to spearhead their annual variety show Optical Popsicle, premiering October 18 at the city’s Athenaeum Theater.
“As a rule I don’t allow myself to be thrilled often – doctor’s orders. But I make an exception for Optical Popsicle,” says Wimbley, now in his fifty-fourth year in show business. The diminutive stage manager, fresh off a job overseeing the Johnson County Humane Society’s all-cats cast of Cats, enters the KNS fold just in time for the annual extravaganza’s fifth anniversary.
The addition of Wimbley may be a clue as to the scope of this year’s Optical Popsicle (sub-dubbed “Hi-Five Live”). For weeks rumors have swirled about a secret, surprise celebrity guest star sharing the stage with mainstay KNSers this year.
Wimbley declined to comment but admitted the show is a considerable undertaking. “Please stop asking,” says the local theater expert. “I don’t mean to be rude, but if I think about it too much my blood pressure just skyrockets.”
A self-proclaimed admirer of Know No Stranger’s past works, Wimbley maintains “apprehensive optimism” that the show will be a success and asserts he will do his utmost to usher in the finest Op Pop yet.
“I’ll certainly try,” he says. “I always try. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, but that’s life. Sometimes you’re a star, and sometimes you’re the guy backstage with a clipboard, breathing into a paper bag. Do you hear that ringing? I hear a ringing. How do you not hear that?”
After the show October 18, Wimbley plans to finish his script for a reboot of Death of a Salesman.
“Arthur Miller’s all right,” he says, “but he sugarcoats a little much for my taste.”