Freed-Hardeman University Theatre will make audiences laugh as well as think with productions of “The 39 Steps” and “The Library.” The first is a spoof of Hitchcock films, and the second is a drama about gun violence, both done over six days in February, Feb. 19 - 24.
“The 39 Steps,” written by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan, follows the adventures of its hero, Richard Hannay, as he encounters spies, murderers and beautiful women. Four actors will play 130 roles in 100 minutes. David Fonville, a junior theatre major from LaGrange, Texas, will portray Hannay. The other featured actors are Jon Michael Thompson, a junior theatre education major from Henderson; Samantha McMillan, junior finance major from Florence, Kentucky; and Jarred Martin, freshman elementary education major from Hinesville, Georgia. Performances are scheduled for Feb. 19, 21 and 23 at 7:00pm in Loyd Auditorium. A 2:00pm matinee is also planned for Feb. 23. “The 39 Steps” is directed by Alec Wimmer and has been designed by Brandyn Graves.
Inspired in part by the 1993 Columbine shooting, “The Library” will be presented Feb. 20, at 8:00pm; Feb. 22, at 7:00pm; and Feb. 24, at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. All performances will be in the Black Box Theatre on Main Street. In the play by Scott Z. Burns, high school senior Caitlin Gabriel survives a deadly shooting at her high school. As she deals with the pain of the event, she must also face the accusations of the survivors and their parents. Featured performers are Madison Davis, a double major in theatre and in biology from Willard, Missouri; Lakyn Wools, a junior theatre education major from Nixa, Missouri; and Jessica Clevenger, a junior theatre education major from Leesburg, Alabama. The play is directed by Chloe Kraus and designed by Brandyn Graves.
General admission tickets to the productions are $10 each. They are available at https://fhutickets.universitytickets.com/w/default.aspx.
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