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School of Theatre to present student-directed 'Haiku'

March 9, 2018 - Robbie Goodrich

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the one-act play "Haiku" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Written by Katherine Snodgrass, "Haiku" will be directed by Houston senior theatre major Tevia Loeser. The play is about a mother's love, one sister's struggle with doing what is right and another sister who may be gifted a artist with an impaired mind. "Haiku" won the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

"Nell takes care of her cognitively challenged daughter, Louise, who, in miraculous intervals, retains super-normalcy and speaks in Haikus, which Nell publishes," Loeser explains. "When Billie (the other daughter) comes home wanting to start a contingency plan, Nell has to convince her of Louise's progress."

The cast includes Rusk senior Bre'Ann Higgins as Nell; Red Oak freshman Beau McAfee as Louise; and Arlington junior Kayla Mroch as Billie.

The production staff includes Rebekah Webb, DeSoto senior, as stage manager; Richard Rogers, Kerrville sophomore, scenic designer; Jordyn Averitte, Baytown sophomore, costume designer; Dustin Barnes, Needville sophomore, lighting designer; Jessica Tinker-Akers, Marshall graduate student, sound designer; Drake Combs, Austin junior, makeup designer; and Tyler Canada, Los Angeles, California, senior, properties master.

"Haiku" is Loeser's first play to direct at SFA. She has held a variety of roles in plays since her freshman year, including props designer for "Springtime" to playing Nancy in "Ivy + Bean The Musical" during the 2017 SummerStage Festival. She will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and a minor in mass communication.

Faculty production advisor for "Haiku" is Cleo House Jr.

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