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Unique Faculty Performance Kicks Off Theatre Season

"Running" to provide humorous and thought provoking evening for theatregoers

Faculty members in Anderson University's theatre program are known for their distinguished professional careers, but until now, they have not performed together in a single production, much less under the direction of a former student. That will change on August 29th as they are featured in the highly regarded new play Running by Arlene Hutton. The free, ticketed performances will be August 29, 30, and 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Belk Theatre. Call the Anderson University box office for free tickets: 864-231-2080.

It's the weekend of the New York City Marathon and Stephen, preparing for his first race, needs a good night's sleep. Emily, his wife's old roommate, shows up unexpectedly in the wee hours of the morning. In crisis and unable to find a hotel room, Emily is returning to the apartment she once lived in and where, years ago, she and Stephen may or may not have met. Seeing her old home brings back memories and Stephen, dealing with his own troubles with marriage and work is jarred from his complacency and forced to face his failures. Late night conversations become late night confessions and connections. Will Stephen be running on empty?

The New York Times
"The audience gets to know the characters as they get to know each other over the course of the night. Their talk becomes more intimate and more revealing as the play progresses, and the comic tone becomes more melancholy as the themes of middle-age loss, self-knowledge and loneliness push through. Ms. Hutton, best known for The Nibroc Trilogy, has a fine ear for the fits and starts of conversation…the loose, thinking-it-through-as-we-go quality is part of its charm."
"Accomplished playwright Arlene Hutton has written a smart, funny script with a strong narrative and complete studies of two identifiable characters…a very real, human drama."

Professors Homer-Drummond and McEniry will perform Running; Professor Wood is lighting and costume designer. The production is co-directed by Ms. Beth Lincks, a colleague from College of Charleston, and Ms. Phyllis Jackson, a former AU theatre student, and the scene design is the creation of AU shop foreman, Mr. Dalton Cole. Seth Barrish and Lee Brock were acting coaches for the production.

Anderson University is a selective comprehensive university offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees on campus and online. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier of US News and World Report's America's Best Colleges and is on that publication's list of the 46 "Up & Coming" universities in America. It is also ranked as one of America's "100 Best College Buys."


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