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SFA to stage student-directed 'Defacing Michael Jackson'

February 3, 2009 - Sylvia Bierschenk
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present a student-directed production of Aurin Squire's "Defacing Michael Jackson" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

The one-act play involves a group of young people in Opa-Locka, Fla., who are obsessed with Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop." But their life is unexpectedly interrupted when a white family moves into the all-black neighborhood. As director Samuel Flash says, "It's 1984 and times are changing!"

The play is recommended for mature audiences only.

Cast members are Keidrick Goss, Ennis sophomore; Lamar Jefferson, Lancaster freshman; Victoria Willams, Houston sophomore; and Blake Weir, Sugar Land junior. Arrie Tucker, Nacogdoches freshman, serves as stage manager.

Previous SFA directing credits for Flash, a senior theatre major from Cypress, include the School of Theatre's high school workshop productions of "Just Be Frank" and "A Doll's House," and the studio hour "Love Poem #98." He also served as the assistant director of "This Day Forward" during the 2008 Festival of New American Plays and held a directing apprenticeship with the AD Players in Houston.

He has appeared on stage in "As You Like It," "The Servant of Two Masters," "Tintypes," Side Man," "The Bald Soprano," "The Piano Lesson" and "Gray Matter."

The Downstage Theatre is located on the first floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Dr.

Tickets are $3 each. For tickets or more information, please call (936) 468-6407.