Farmer Endowed Theatre productions set for April 13-15

Release Date: 4/5/2011

Clarksville, Ark. --- The University of the Ozarks' Theatre Department will present Horton Foote's "Blind Date" and Ken Jenkins' "Rupert's Birthday and Other Stories" on April 13, 14 and 15, in the Walton Fine Arts Center on the U of O campus.

The two productions comprise the third annual Cecil and Ruth Boddie Farmer Endowed Theatre Production. The endowment was established in 2008 by the Farmer’s children, Mrs. Heber Farmer McKissack and Pat Farmer, the Walton Professor of Theatre at Ozarks.

Blind Date, directed by student Justin Hughes, is about how matchmaking in 1929’s Harrison, Texas, causes generational family conflicts. Hughes is a junior theatre major from Mount Pleasant, Texas. The cast for Blind Date includes Clayton Becker, Brigitte Bridoux, Rebecca Arnold and Trey Butler. Lindsey Humphries is the assistant to the director.

Rupert’s Birthday and Other Stories, directed by Farmer, centers around three characters who continue the Southern storyteller tradition as they spin yarns about a calf, elderberry jelly and evil spirits, and the proper way to dig a grave. The cast includes Bridoux, Tori Rhein and David Pluebell. Trey Scott is the assistant to the director.

The creative staff members for the two productions include, Justin Hughes, light and scenery design; Humphries, costume design; Alisha Nystrom, graphic design; and Becker, sound design. The crew includes Trey Scott, Nystrom, Catalina Ruiz-Salazar, Jacqui Jurcik, Amber Beavers, Martin Morales, Hughes and Humphries. 

The productions begin at 7:30 p.m. each day. Tickets for the play are $5 for general admission and $4 for senior citizens. The box office opens at 6:45 p.m. each night. For more information, please contact 979-1349.