Theatre's production

Release Date: 9/22/2003

Clarksville, Ark. ---The University of the Ozarks Theatre will open its fall schedule with two performances of "Children," Oct. 10-11 in the Walton Fine Arts Center.

The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 10 and 11, in Seay Theatre. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from the box office on the evening of the performance.

Written by A.R. Gurney, Jr., "Children" is a story of an American family forced to deal with the impact of societal changes on their comfortable status quo life. It takes place on the terrace of the summer house of a wealthy WASP family on a resort island off the New England coast. Blending humor and drama, "Children" explores the institution of the American family in the challenging last years of the 20th century.

The production is directed by Ozarks Theatre Professor Dr. Pat Farmer. Professor Bruce Brown is the scenic and lighting designer, Misti-Nicole Ponder is the costume designer, Angela Payne is the sound designer, Farmer is the graphic designer and India Judd is the stage manager.

The cast includes Barbara Manning as Mother, Jessica Gay as Jane, Dane Sanders as Randy, Ponder as Barbara and Al Berry as Pokey.

The crew consists of Brown as technical director, Shelly Muston as light board operator, Payne as sound board operator, Berry as assistant stage manager and Lacey Kennedy as wardrobe crew chief. The wardrobe and prop/stage crews include Mandi Asmussen, Diane Farrow, Jami Reehm, Saul Palencia, John Warren, Bradley Braddock and Sean Riordan.

In reviewing the original New York production, the critic for the Village Voice wrote: "Here is a really good new American play. Mr. Gurney writes sensitively about how people behave within those strange institutions called families."