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Congratulations to Don Maley

Don Maley portrays Mark TwainDonald Maley, communications professor at West Kentucky Community and Technical College and theater veteran, is broadening his acting resume in Nashville, Tennessee. As a member of The Blackbird Theater, a newly formed independent Nashville repertory theater company and official Artist in Residence at Lipscomb University, Maley has been cast as the awakened spirit of Mark Twain, renowned American author and humorist in Twilight of the Gods, an original play by Greg Greene and Mayfield native Wes Driver.

Maley has been driving back and forth to Nashville for rehearsal two to three times a week since July 5. He will be making the drive every night closer to opening night on August 6.

"People keep asking me why I would drive to Nashville to be in a play," Maley said. "I love the theater - plain and simple. Plus, it opens new doors for me with other actors, writers and producer and directors. Who knows, performing in professional regional theaters might be my second career when I retire from the college, he said smiling."

Maley, who has a bachelors and masters degree in music education and a masters in speech and communications, began teaching music at Paducah Community College in 1975. His acting career began just a year later at the Market House Theatre in downtown Paducah. "I played the title role in A Man Called Peter, the story of Peter Marshall, the first chaplain in the United States Senate," Maley said. "I was hooked."

Since that time, Maley has been in almost 100 productions at the Market House Theatre, Playhouse in the Park in Murray, KY, International Mystery Writers Festival in Owensboro, KY, and West Kentucky Community and Technical College. "The experience I have gained over the years helped me prepare for the role of Mark Twain," Maley said.

"Twilight of the Gods is based on thirteen reincarnated figures of varied historical significance that have gathered at a country manor to establish a new society based upon human enlightenment. However, as the play progresses, they are, one by one, murdered in various gruesome fashions. It's a little history, a little mystery, and a lot of hilarity," Maley said. " I hope we have a big audience. It's a fantastic show."