NACOGDOCHES, Texas - A Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre event on Aug. 1 will help raise funds for theatre students to attend a special class in Edinburgh, Scotland, while they are participating in the two-week Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

While in Edinburgh, the School of Theatre will produce two new plays, including "Hate Mail" by SFA playwright-in-residence Jack Heifner and the student-written "Mom and Dad" by Nick Pinelli, an SFA graduate from The Woodlands, and Allison Day, a San Antonio senior. Pinelli and Day wrote the play as an honors project for their class with Heifner.

Students will perform "Hate Mail" and "Mom and Dad" at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in the Upstage Theatre in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. The plays are recommended for mature audiences.

Pay-what-you-can donations will be accepted at the door to raise funds for students to take an improvisation class while they are at the festival.

Both plays are directed by Angela Bacarisse, professor of design and arts management at SFA.

Begun in 1947, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, one of several festivals that will take place in Edinburgh while the SFA students are there, has become the largest international theatre arts festival in the world. During festival season, which takes place each August, the International Festival, the Festival Fringe, jazz festival, art festival and book festival all take place in Edinburgh.

Tax-exempt donations for the trip can be made at by clicking on the "give online" tab and writing "Scotland trip" for special instructions.

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