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FHU Theatre To Present Two Plays

Henderson, Tenn. - Apr 14, 2015

Freed-Hardeman University Theatre is closing its 2014-15 season with two plays, “God of Carnage” and “Life on the Mississippi.” The shows run April 20-26 in the Black Box Theatre and Backstage Loyd Auditorium, respectively.

Yazmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” is about two sets of parents, the Novaks and the Raleighs, who meet to discuss the recent violence between their children. What begins as a civilized conversation descends into an exchange of tantrums and tears.

Rachel Geiser, a senior theatre performance major from Conneaut, Ohio, directs the play, which she says, is “a real-life example of how people may not always act in accordance with their true beliefs in social settings.” The cast consists of Tansy Matheny, a senior from Mount Juliet, Tennessee; Bishop Darby a freshman from Westerville, Ohio; Steven Laden, an alumnus from Henderson; and Stephanie Pearson, an alumna from Henderson.

“God of Carnage” will be presented in the Black Box Theatre April 20, 21 and 24 at 7 p.m. and April 25 at 2 p.m.

“Life on the Mississippi” is a musical based on the story of Samuel Clemens. Clemens must face young adulthood, love and death before he becomes the man he was meant to be—prolific writer Mark Twain. Dr. Cliff Thompson, professor of theatre at FHU, directs the play. Abby Lambert, a senior theatre performance major from Humboldt, Tenn., is the music director.

Junior Austin England, a music major from Henderson, has the starring role of Clemens. A cast of four joins England to bring the musical to life. According to Lambert, “The play has wonderful, endearing characters and great music.”

“Life on the Mississippi” can be seen April 22 at 8:30 p.m., April 23 and 25 at 7 p.m. and April 26 at 2 p.m. on the backstage of Loyd Auditorium. 

For more information on either play, contact the theatre office at 731-989-6057. Tickets are $7 for general admission and free to FHU students. To purchase tickets, visit