WANT TO GO?
Presented by FlySpeck Productions
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: LaBelle Theater, 311 D St., South Charleston
COST: Adults $12, students $8
INFO: or www.flyspeck.biz
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When Sarah Kay and her husband, J. Scott Grinstead, moved to West Virginia after graduating from Indiana's Huntington University, they expected their stay to be brief.
"We thought this would be a good temporary spot before finding jobs elsewhere," said Kay, whose husband is from Dunbar. "We thought we'd be here about six months; we've been here nine years."
In that time, the two have brought their love of theater to their home. After performing an original, nontraditional musical telling of the Christmas story called "In the Silence" in 2007 and 2008, they founded the theater company FlySpeck Productions in 2012.
"We've done theater together since college," she said. "It was just a plan to continue to do things when we got married."
The company's name, she said, came from looking up synonyms for a small group.
For the Christmas play, they were assisted by friends. After that, Kay said, they thought about doing a show as just the two of them. That was 2012's "The Diaries of Adam and Eve," by Mark Twain, which was FlySpeck's first official production.
This weekend, they'll stage the company's second -- the two-man comedy "Embraceable Me" -- at the LaBelle Theater in South Charleston. Kay said they selected it after reading hundreds of play synopses and narrowing those down to a pool of seven, which they then read completely.
"It really jumped out at us," she said.
"The show is about two friends, how they develop a friendship and their journey in life. They unexpectedly find love with each other, even though they're not necessarily looking for it. They're very different personalities, so there's a lot of conflict, and they have to decide whether or not it's worth overcoming."