NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present scenes from the student-directed play “These Shining Lives” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.
Jessica Griffin, a theatre major from Brownsboro, directs scenes from Melanie Marnich’s one-act play. The play chronicles the strength and determination of four women, considered expendable in their day, who worked in a factory in the 1920s. Catherine and her friends are dying, but their story is one of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to steal their spirits or endanger the lives of those who follow them.
The cast includes Scurry freshman Courtney Pratt as Catherine; Frisco freshman Anthony Johnson as Tom; Plano freshman Marissa Mondragon as Charlotte; Bastrop sophomore Erinn St. Clair as Pearl; Houston sophomore Alexis Hargy as Frances; Buffalo junior Zach White as Mr. Reed; Wylie junior Drake St. Pierre as the company doctor/Dr. Dalitsch; Plano junior Sarah Clark as reporters; and Lufkin freshman Jeremiah Hewitt as Grossman.
The production crew includes Tommy Vest, Sherman sophomore, as stage manager; Jenna Alley, Kingwood sophomore, scenic designer; Jordyn Averitte, Baytown senior, costume designer; Hannah Pittman, Bulverde junior, lighting designer; and Gaby Trevino, Duncanville sophomore, sound designer.
Griffin is a senior teacher certification student in the School of Theatre.
Faculty production advisor for the play is Dr. Inga Meier.
Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu. The Downstage Theatre is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.