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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 2/9/05
 
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SOUTHEASTERN’S “[SIC]” SELECTED FOR THEATRE COMPETITION -- Whitney Allen of Hammond, Jacob Zeringue of Bogalusa, and Daniel Thomas of Ponchatoula will reprise their lead roles in the Southeastern Louisiana University Theatre production of “[sic],” Oct. 16-19 at the university’s Vonnie Borden Theatre in D Vickers Hall. The production will then travel to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., Feb. 23-26.


SOUTHEASTERN PLAY CHOSEN FOR REGIONAL THEATER COMPETITION
      HAMMOND – The curtain is going up again on the Southeastern Louisiana University Theatre’s production of the innovative comedy “[sic]” as director Josh Foldy and his cast and crew remount the show locally before taking it on the road to a prestigious regional theater competition.
      Southeastern Theatre’s production of the Melissa James Gibson award-winning play is one of eight college productions – and the only one from Louisiana – selected for the Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, scheduled Feb. 23-26 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
At the festival, “[sic]” will vie for the chance to advance to the national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in April. 
     “We were competing against some of the biggest theater programs around to make it to the regionals,” said David Evenson, head of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts. “This is a remarkable achievement for Southeastern Theatre.” 
     First staged last October during Fanfare, “[sic]” will run Feb. 16-19 at Vonnie Borden Theatre. Tickets are $10, adults; $5, Southeastern faculty, staff, alumni and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free with their university I.D. Tickets will be available at the theater box office in D Vickers Hall and at the door.
     “[sic]” is the first play that Foldy, a Yale University graduate, has directed at Southeastern since coming to the university last fall from the prestigious Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. Foldy said Jacob Zeringue of Bogalusa, Daniel Thomas of Ponchatoula and Whitney Allen of Hammond will reprise their lead roles in the production. 
     “[sic]” portrays three young non-professionals living in the city who struggle to understand art, love, money, and other plagues of modern living. Frank has dreams of becoming an auctioneer. Theo spends his days composing a score for an amusement park ride, and fretting over the "mysterious disappearance" of his wife. Babette is willing to beg, borrow, and steal to avoid getting a job and being distracted from writing her magnum opus -- a history of significant outbursts. The play is rated PG.
     Foldy said Steve Schepker, director of Southeastern Theatre, has redesigned the “[sic]” set for the regional competition.
     “He had to make it lighter and easier to put together,” Foldy explained. The 16-17 Southeastern faculty and students who will take the production to Fayetteville will practice tearing down, loading and setting up the show since their “load in-load out” proficiency will be part of the competition judging.
     In Fayetteville, Southeastern’s play will compete with productions from the University of Tulsa, West Texas A&M University, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Grayson College, Tarrant County College, the University of Texas at Tyler and Sam Houston State University. 
     Also at the festival, Zeringue, Thomas and Allen will compete in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions. With an acting partner, each will be judged on their performance of two scenes and a monologue. The students’ acting partners are Sarena Wedig of Lacombe, Shilo Klein of Hammond and Maya Ferrara of Slaughter.
     The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide that has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The festival has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by Kennedy Center respondents.