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SFA School of Theatre to stage student-directed 'Lone Star'

September 18, 2013 - Robbie Goodrich
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed one-act play "Lone Star" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

The play, written by James McLure and directed by The Woodlands senior theater major Nick Pinelli, takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar. Roy, the high school hero, has returned from serving in the Vietnam War and tries to re-establish his life in the community. When he is joined by his younger brother, Ray, and his brother's friend, Cletus, the underpinnings of Roy's world begin to collapse as the night continues, according to Pinelli.

"But, despite everything, it all ends as breezily and happily as it began," he said.

The cast features Lewis Newman, exchange student from Sheffield, England, as Roy; Brandon Hood, Mesquite junior, as Ray; and Keenan Chiasson, Richmond freshman, as Cletus.

The production team includes April Gore, Katy junior, stage manager; Landy Trapp, Crystal City senior, scenic designer; Cadie Horne, Houston senior, costume designer; Daniel Miller, Sugar Land junior, lighting designer; Austin Holt, Weatherford junior, sound designer; and Vanessa Hendricks, Emory senior, properties designer.

Pinelli has many acting credits at SFA, among them the roles of Jason in "Rabbit Hole" and Keith in "Stage Door," in the ensemble in "Little Shop of Horrors," and in the biennial Festival of New American Plays.

Admission is $3. The Downstage Theatre is located on the first floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.