NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Agatha Christie's one-act play "The Patient" will be presented by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Fairfield senior Eric Gibson directs the play in which a woman, Mrs. Wingfield, falls from a balcony, leaving her paralyzed and unable to speak.

"She must determine the cause of the accident, with the help of her doctor," Gibson said. "The suspicion is that Mrs. Wingfield was pushed. It is now up to the doctor and an inspector to get to the bottom of who tried to murder the patient."

The cast includes Houston freshman Aaron Herrera as Lansen; Houston junior Richard Scott as Inspector Cray; Dallas sophomore Dominique Rider as Dr. Ginsberg; Mesquite senior Brandon Hood as Mr. Wingfield; Longview sophomore Tanner O'Neal as William Ross; Brenham senior Bianca Stein as The Patient; Beaumont sophomore Angel Williams as Nurse Bond; Baytown junior Chelsea Denard as Brenda Jackson; and Houston junior Karen Rush as Emmeline Ross.

The production staff includes Marley Graham, Port Neches junior, stage manager; Taylor Dobbs, Baytown junior, scenic designer; Kathleen Easterling, Nacogdoches junior, costume designer; Kasandra Poindexter, Whitewright senior, lighting designer; Jessica Skidmore, Nacogdoches junior, sound designer; Celeste Galey, Dallas junior, properties designer; and Lincoln Smith, Venus junior, hair and makeup designer.

Faculty production advisor for the play is Laura Rikard.

Gibson is a theatre performance major and cinematography minor at SFA. Upon graduation, he plans to move to New York City to pursue his dreams of acting, modeling, directing and producing.

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