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SFA to stage student-directed 'The Saga of Cuchulain'

September 14, 2011 - Sylvia Bierschenk
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present a student-directed production of W.B. Yeats' "The Saga of Cuchulain" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. All performances are in the Downstage Theatre located on the first floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

The full-length production, which is taken from a series of plays known as the Cuchulain Cycle, is actually three dance plays, explained Weslaco senior Jonathan Garcia, director.

"In beautiful detail, Yeats uses his symbolic form of poetry and a westernization of the Japanese Noh theatre to tell the story of the life and death of the man often called the 'Irish Achilles,'" Garcia continued.

Allen junior Jacob Saffle plays the title role. Other principal cast members are La Porte sophomore Shelby Bray and Mount Pleasant senior Stephen Graham.

Garcia's previous SFA directing credits include "Tom and Jerry," "The Interrogation," "A Florentine Tragedy," "The Philadelphia" and "Wolfie," which he assistant directed.

He has appeared in SFA's productions of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "Almost, Maine," "Woyzeck," "The Adventures of Homer McGundy, Revised" and "Bad Boy Nietzsche." Garcia has also been a member of The Original Cast since 2009.

Tickets are $5 each. For tickets or more information, please call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.