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HPU theatre to present “The American Dame”

BROWNWOOD – October 2, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Theatre will present “The American Dame” by Philip C. Lewis this weekend at the HPU Theatre, 202 Whaley Street in Brownwood. Show times are Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 8, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. Admission is free for all HPU students as well as for HPU personnel and their families.

The performances will be presented in a unique format called a “playout.”

“This is a style of theatre in which you announce a theme and then play it out,” said Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, chair of HPU’s Department of Theatre and professor of theatre. “This play’s theme is the progression of women from creation to about 1963 when the play was written.”

Styled in a series of narration and vignettes, the play includes verbatim content from historical documents such as letters between John and Abigail Adams, portions of a sermon by Cotton Mather and the works of William Shakespeare and other theatrical writers.

“This has been an interesting experience for our millennial-age actors, many of whom have no first-hand knowledge about the ideas they are performing,” said Dr. Humfeld.

Performers are Brooklyn Britton, sophomore from Brownwood; Trey Carpenter, senior from Hamilton; Katie Cravey, sophomore from Huntsville; Hailey Green, junior from Kennedale; Sara Heinrichs, freshman from Hico; Caleb Kostreva, junior from Clifton, Colorado; Deejay Moses, junior from May; and Laurel Pinkney, freshman from Carrollton. Cassia Rose, senior from Winnsboro, is stage manager and Shannon Parrish, senior from Brownwood, is the sound designer.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.