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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
“[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
“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
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.