HJ/EDApril 24, 2006

Greek drama features unpleasant end for Howard Lake brothers

By Lynda Jensen

Pain and drama will be plentiful this weekend during two Greek plays in the Twin Cities that feature Howard Lake brothers Josh Pehl, 19, and his little brother Andrew Pehl, 6.

Both will be targets of unpleasantness, as little Andrew is scheduled for assassination during the first play, called “Trojan Women,” and Josh will have his eye poked out with a red hot poker as the cyclops in “Cyclops,” the latter of which is a Greek comedy.

The plays run concurrently, which means they are scheduled back-to-back each night, starting Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Concordia University in St. Paul.

Both brothers will take part in the first play, which is a Greek tragedy, with Josh only performing in the second play.

During the “Trojan Women,” play, Andrew must undergo a very serious moment when his stage mother tells him that he will probably be killed as the heir to the throne. From there, Andrew leaves the stage shrieking and wailing. In his next scene, he must lay motionless for about 10 minutes on a shield, which is how he is carried in, his mother Bernice said.

Josh plays a Greek soldier in “Trojan Women.”

In the second play, Josh plays the cyclops.

Josh is used to the stage atmosphere since he’s been around performances of this type since he was a baby, Bernice said.

For Josh, acting is nearly second nature since he’s been involved in several productions at Mayer Lutheran School, before he graduated last year.

Among plays that Josh has taken part in is “Grease,” last year, in which he sang the Greased Lightening song as one of the T-birds. The song is usually sung by the John Travolta character, but Josh was able to sing it because it was supposed to be his car in the play, he said.

Other productions he’s been in, which are primarily musicals, include: “Oklahoma!” “Hello Dolly,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Into the Woods,” Rodger and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella, “Our Town,” and “A Mid Summer Night’s Dream.”

The drama starts Thursday, April 27

The two Greek plays that feature the Pehl brothers will play 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 27-29 and continue until the final performance 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30.

The plays take place at the Concordia campus in St. Paul, and are arranged first with the “Trojan Women,” playing each night, which is a tragedy, and then “Cyclops,” playing after, which is a Greek comedy.

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