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SFA to present student-directed 'A Dollar'

February 23, 2016 - Robbie Goodrich
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed "A Dollar" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Directed by senior theatre major Greg Albright of Palestine, playwright David Pinski's "A Dollar" is about a troupe of traveling players who are tired and penniless and end up arguing over a dollar they find.

"The players, trekking from one town to the next, reach a crossroads at the end of the day and realize they won't be sleeping in a town that night," Albright explains. "Cold, exhausted, hungry and completely broke, they despair. In an attempt to cope with their situation, they begin to dance and sing. They then find a dollar lying on the ground, after which chaos and hilarity ensue."

The cast features Jacksonville sophomore James Burns as The Comedian; Lufkin sophomore Jacob Carr as The Villain; Wichita Falls sophomore Travis Brasher as The Tragedian; Carthage junior Zachary Barlow as The Old Man; Waco freshman Marian Midgett as The Heroine; Rockwall senior Victoria Carew as The Ingénue; Austin sophomore Abigail Junk as The Old Woman; and Houston sophomore John Singleton as The Stranger.

The production staff includes Ashley Mouton, Groves junior, as stage manager; Bekki Stewart, exchange student from Essex, England, scenic designer; TJ Davis, Beaumont junior, costume designer; Emily Rohrman, Grand Saline senior, costume co-designer; Travis Wilson, Katy sophomore, lighting designer; Bruce Moran, Kingwood junior, sound designer; and Gabriel Penaloza-Hernandez, Austin sophomore, hair and makeup designer.

Albright has appeared in several School of Theatre productions, including "Spamalot" and "The Importance of Being Earnest," and in the SummerStage Festival production of "The Emperor's New Clothes" as Emperor Plumptoe. He is currently cast as the character Dad in "Bury Me in This," a new play written by SFA's playwright-in-residence Jack Heifner that is a part of the School of Theatre's biennial Festival of New American Plays. Albright has also been in several student productions, including "Void as Man One" and "Stay Carl Stay." He is the president of Improv Strikes Back, SFA's improvisational theatre troupe. He plans to pursue his practicum for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree during the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

"A Dollar" is recommended for mature audiences. Faculty production advisor is Scott Shattuck.

The Downstage Theatre is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu.