Nick Pinelli and Allison Day

Nick Pinelli and Allison Day

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - An upcoming Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre event will help raise funds for theatre students to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, in August where they will present an SFA student-written play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

During the two-week trip to 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 and Allison Day. Pinelli, The Woodlands senior, and Day, San Antonio senior, wrote the play as an honors project for their class with Heifner.

A staged reading of "Mom and Dad" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the Upstage Theatre in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

""Mom and Dad' is an eye-opening and humorous piece about gender perceptions," said Angela Bacarisse, professor of design and arts management at SFA. "The play takes a young couple, newly dating, and throws them into marriage and parenthood. The couple faces the highs and lows of their new life together, and in the end, they have to decide if it is worth moving forward together."

Bacarisse will direct both plays.

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 is three weeks in August, the International Festival, the Festival Fringe, jazz festival, art festival and book festival all take place in Edinburgh.

Tickets to the reading are $25 each available at the door, and seating is limited. There will be a reception after the performance where patrons may meet the students participating in the project.

To reserve a seat at the reading or to help fund the students' travel, contact Bacarisse at or (936) 468-1126. Tax-exempt donations can be made at by clicking on the "give online" tab and writing "Scotland trip" for special instructions.

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