NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Playwright Michael Roderick's "Props" will open the fall semester of Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre's student-directed plays.

Directed by San Antonio senior Jade Bishoppetty, "Props" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

The play is about a prop artist who immerses himself in his work after a difficult breakup. The project involves a prop woman, and the women in his life become concerned with his obsession, Bishoppetty said.

"His creation comes to life, and he has to deal with making decisions about love and relationships," she said.

The cast includes Austin sophomore Gabriel Penaloza-Hernandez as Andrew; Lake Dallas senior Andrea Nelson as Susan; Houston junior Anais Saenz as Kerri; Maypearl junior Chelsea Rodrigue as Denise; and Tyler senior Katt Akin as Melissa.

The production staff includes Matthew Weaver, Lake Dallas sophomore, stage manager; Andy Bauerle, Conroe senior, scenic designer; Victoria Medrano, Edinburg junior, costume designer; Reagan Moore, Richmond junior, lighting designer; Danika Pettyjohn, Fort Worth senior, sound designer; and Kindle Bonner, Hudson senior, properties manager.

The play is recommended for mature audiences. Faculty production advisor is Dr. Rick Jones.

Bishoppetty has previously directed "The Red Coat," "The Brothers Grimm Spectacular" and Act 3, Scene 2 of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

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