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SFA to present student-directed 'Springtime'

April 8, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed "Springtime" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Center Point senior Sloan Frierson directs this one-act play by Cuban-American avant garde playwright María Irene Fornés about the eternal story of love and betrayal. The cast includes Dallas sophomore Dominique Rider as Ray; Beaumont freshman Kate Shirley as Greta; and Lake Dallas sophomore Andrea Nelson as Rainbow.

When Greta is diagnosed with tuberculosis, Rainbow does everything she can to take care of her, including breaking the law in order to afford Greta's medicine, explains Frierson.

"Caught up in petty theft, Rainbow gets dragged further into the underworld by a man named Ray, who becomes a fixture in the couple's lives," she said. "Ultimately, it is Ray who drives them apart."

The production staff includes Kara Bruntz, Charleston, S.C., sophomore, stage manager; Keenan Chiasson, Richmond sophomore, scenic designer; TJ Davis, Beaumont sophomore, costume designer; Monika Zimmermann, Singapore junior, lighting designer; Jennifer Bush, Edgewood senior, sound designer; Lane Davidson, Denton freshman, assistant sound designer; Caitlin Parker, Groves sophomore, choreographer; Sam Friedrich, Saudi Arabia junior, hair and makeup designer; and Tevia Loeser, Spring freshman, properties manager.

Faculty production advisor for the play is Melissa McMillian-Cunningham.

Frierson has directed in the Upstage and has performed in Mainstage productions of "Trojan Barbie," "Stage Door," "Three Sisters," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Importance of Being Earnest," and she has performed in the Festival of New American Plays at SFA. She is a creative writing minor whose work will be published in this year's edition of Humid.

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