Cheney’s Nancy Gasper plays duel roles in ‘Speech & Debate’


John McCallum

Cheney resident Nancy Gasper, in her role as a teacher, tries to dissuade a student, Solomon (Nicholas Witham), from publishing a story “outing” another teacher in a scene from Interplayers Theatre’s production of “Speech & Debate.”

It can be a challenge playing what Nancy Gasper termed the “designated adult” in a play centered on teenagers and their struggles for identity.

In Gasper’s case, the Cheney resident is playing two adults in the Interplayers Theatre production of “Speech & Debate,” a drama based on the 2005 sex scandal surrounding former Spokane Mayor Jim West. West, who passed away in 2006 from cancer, was a staunch conservative Republican who as a state Legislator pushed an anti-gay agenda, only to later be accused during his term as mayor of frequenting gay-porn websites and chat rooms in search...

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