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Tolan's 'Stay Carl Stay' to be performed in SFA's Downstage Theatre

April 1, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Playwright Peter Tolan's "Stay Carl Stay" is featured among the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre's spring student productions.

Directed by Brownsville senior theatre major Anna Goldberg, "Stay Carl Stay" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in the Downstage Theatre in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

In "Stay Carl Stay," an introverted young woman, dominated and taken for granted by her boyfriend, adopts a dog on the advice of an eccentric therapist, Goldberg explains. Pandemonium ensues when Carl, the dog, who is far better behaved than the boyfriend, learns to dance and talk and wins his mistress' heart, according to the play's description at barnesandnoble.com.

The cast includes Dallas junior Celeste Galey as Caroline; McAllen junior Pedro Dominguez as Carl; Palestine junior Greg Albright as Brian; Angelton junior Amber Holtz as Mary Sue; Amarillo senior Mary Collie as Dr. Weiss; and Wichita Falls freshman Travis Brasher as Bingo.

The production staff includes Lauren Wijangco, Sugarland freshman, stage manager; Kindle Bonner, Hudson junior, scenic designer; Cloey Hammonds, Nacogdoches freshman, costume designer; Andrea Nelson, Lake Dallas sophomore, lighting designer; Bruce Moran, Lake Jackson sophomore, sound designer; Bianca Stein, Brenham senior, hair and makeup designer; and Angel Williams, Beaumont sophomore, properties manager.

Faculty production advisor is Zach Hanks.

Goldberg performed in SFA Playwright-in-Residence Jack Heifner's "Entropy" during last year's New American Play Festival at SFA. She was an intern last summer at Open Stage of Harrisburg working as an assistant teacher, co-writer/director and choreographer. She is a member of the School of Theatre's Peer Mentor Council and SFA's Phi Beta cast of Alpha Psi Omega.

Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu. "Stay Carl Stay" is recommended for mature audiences (teens or older).