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SFA theatre to present student-directed 'Contribution'

March 22, 2011 - Sylvia Bierschenk
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present a student-directed production of Ted Shine's "Contribution" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2. All performances will be in the Downstage Theatre located on the first floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

In Shine's one-act play, a black grandmother sends her nervous grandson off to join a civil rights sit-in. At first, the elderly woman appears to stay aloof from such demonstrations, explained Round Rock senior Waldron Archer, the play's director. "But the play's hilarious and arresting climax reveals that the grandmother has her own method of helping in the struggle for her people's rights."

Flower Mound senior Kyla Williams plays the grandmother, and Houston graduate student Justin Long portrays her grandson. Irving sophomore Katherine Edwards plays Katy Jones, Mrs. Love's friend.

Previously at SFA Archer has directed "The Man Who Couldn't Dance" and assistant directed "Almost, Maine" and "Man in the Masses."

His SFA acting credits include "Big River," "'Master Harold' . . . and the boys," "Cornbury, the Queen's Governor," "Wine and Wilderness," "Raisin in the Sun," and "Twelfth Night." Additionally, he is also a two-year member of The Original Cast and will appear in the "The Breasts of Tiresias" in April.

The play is recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $3 each. For tickets or more information, please call (936) 468-6407.