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SFA to stage student-directed 'Purgatorio'

October 16, 2008 - Sylvia Bierschenk

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present a student-directed production of Ariel Dorfman's "Purgatorio" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

The one-act play about a man and a woman in purgatory "asks us how we should react when we have been devastated by some intolerable offense (and) dares us to question our own assumptions about reality," explained the playwright. It is recommended for mature audiences.

Cast members are Xzavien Hollins, Houston senior, who plays the man and Marissa Harding, Texarkana sophomore, who plays the woman. Dominic Moretta, Dallas junior, is the stage manager, and Brittany Djie, Cypress senior, is the director.

Previously at SFA, Djie directed Christopher Durang's "Namoi in the Living Room," and while completing her internship at Rose Bruford College in London last year, she directed scenes from Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt."

Her internship also included training at the Estonian Academy of Theatre in Tallin, Estonia.

Djie's theatrical roles at SFA include the Girl in Jack Heifner's "China Dolls," Nicole in Bonjour, là, bonjour" and Nina in "Women in Wallace."

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.