September 7, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Phyllis Noah, Communications Coordinator
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SSU Theater Department Expands Shows This Season
John Huston, associate professor and Theater Department
coordinator at Shawnee State University, announces the
upcoming 2010-11 season of plays that has been expanded to
offer four productions this season.
“We are very excited about the upcoming season,” Huston
said. “We are doing twice as much this year and one play
will be a musical that is so much fun. We are looking
forward to more students being involved and making a much
bigger impression on campus and in the community.”
The first play is John Ford Noonan’s comedy, “A Coupla White
Chicks Sitting Around Talking.” The play tells the story of
Hannah Mae Bindler and Maud Mix, two very different women
from very different backgrounds, and the unlikely friendship
that develops between them.
“The incident that bonds them would drive most women apart,”
Huston said. “But they find that they have much to learn
from each other about life and what they want from it.”
Student Amy Strickland, of West Union, plays the
conservative and repressed Maud Mix and student Kit Kongos,
originally of Phoenix, Ariz., is the outrageous Hannah Mae
Bindler. The production will be directed by new adjunct
theater faculty member, Mary Baughman.
Three performances are offered in the Kahl Studio Theater at
the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. The first performance
will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17. A matinee is
offered at 2:30 p.m. and the final performance will be at
7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18. General admission tickets
are $5.00 and may be purchased at the McKinley Box Office in
Three other productions offered this season are:
· Alfred Uhry’s “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” winner of the
1997 Tony Award for Best Play, is directed by Huston. The
play will be offered at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday,
Nov. 12-13, and four nights on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
and Saturday, Nov. 17-20 in the Kahl Studio Theater.
· Sandy Wilson’s musical, “The Boyfriend,” at 7:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9-11, 2011, and
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 17-19, 2011. A special
Valentine performance is planned for Sunday, Feb. 14, 2011,
in the Kahl Studio Theater.
· Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paul Zindel’s “The
Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday, April 20-22, 2011, in the Main Stage
Theater at the VRCFA.