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DEARLY DEPARTING DIRECTOR - Southeastern Louisiana University
Theatre faculty member Kay Files will make her last appearance as the theatre’s
director March 11-15 with “Dearly Departed.” The comedy will run nightly
at 7:30 p.m.
“DEARLY DEPARTED” IS SWEET DEPARTURE FOR SLU THEATRE
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana
University Theatre’s production of “Dearly Departed” March 11-15 will mark
the last production at Southeastern for its award-winning director and
Southeastern faculty member Kay Files.
A member of the theatre staff
since 1993, Files began her career at Southeastern as she filled in for
Kay Butler, a theatre professor who was moving her career path to Georgia.
After teaching throughout the spring semester, Files applied for her position
Files says before obtaining the
position, she had never worked full-time. She received her Master of Fine
Arts degree in Theatre from the University of New Orleans in 1988, where
she worked as a graduate assistant in teaching and costume design. From
1989-1992, she taught design and directed part-time at Loyola University.
After receiving the position at Southeastern, Files told her husband she
was going to take the position one year at a time.
“Each May, if I am still having
fun, I will go back one more year,” she told him. That was 10 years ago.
“Don’t get me wrong--I’m still
having fun, but I feel it’s time for me to be doing something else,” said
Files, who admits she has no concrete plans after this week’s production.
“I do know I will always work in theatre, whether as a performer, director
or designer, and I would love to come back to Southeastern as a guest director
Files’s long list of Southeastern
productions include “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Cat On a Hot Tin
Roof,” “What the Butler Saw,” “The House of Blues Leaves,” and “Dancing
At Lughnasa,” which won the Critics’ Award at the Louisiana College Theatre
Festival. Files’s other recognitions include four nominations for the Gambit/Big
Easy Award for Excellence in Theatre, two of which turned into wins.
Files attributes her long and
successful run at Southeastern to working with talented, committed and
supportive colleagues and students.
“All of those wonderful, gifted
students who have come to me with the desire, the drive, the need to make
a life in the theatre have inspired me and kept me returning for ‘one more
year,’” said Files. “Together we have all learned that good theatre can
affect and change lives and even the world. Growing and learning with my
students is the experience I will miss the most.”
Files’s last group of talented
theatre students will take the stage at Vonnie Borden Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
March 11-15 in “Dearly Departed.” The irreverent, satirical, dark comedy
written by David Botrell and Jessie Jones follows the Turpin family, whose
future looks bleak, with funeral arrangements, infidelity, threats of domestic
violence, and a whole slew of family dysfunctions.
Tickets for the performances
of “Dearly Departed” are currently available at the Vonnie Borden box office,
located in the lobby of D Vickers Hall. Tickets are $5 general admission,
$3 senior citizens and students, and free for all Southeastern students
with a valid university ID.
For additional information, contact
Files at 985-549-3546.
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