Wayland hosting theatre festival

February 29, 2012

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University will host the Christian University Theatre Festival Monday through Wednesday, featuring performance from Wayland, Lubbock Christian University, Howard Payne University and Hardin-Simmons University.

Two shows will run on Monday with Wayland performing at 1:30 p.m. and LCU at 7:30 p.m. The LCU show will be performed in Lubbock. Howard Payne will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Hardin-Simmons will take the stage at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. All shows, with the exception of Monday night, will be held in Wayland’s Black Box theatre. Admission is $3.

The event will be highlighted by a master class on Tuesday morning featuring Ronlin Foreman, the director of the renowned Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre. An awarded performer, Ronlin’s teaching credits include work with graduate programs at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the University of Tennessee, Memphis State University and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Undergraduate teaching positions include residencies at Austin Peay State University, Towsen State University, Dordt College and the University of Ohio.

The Wayland theatre group will perform “The God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza, a comedic look at the lack of civility that, at times, accompanies parenthood. The play stars Thomas and Lesley Hoffman, Corben Waters and Rachel Morrison.

LCU will perform “WIT” by Margaret Edson. “WIT” is a one-act play that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The play takes place during the final hours in the life of Dr. Vivian Bearing, who is dying of ovarian cancer. The play stars Laurie Doyle, Kayli Nelson, Graham Ritchie, Kyle Bullock, Renee Rhodes, Lacey Miller, Aaron Peralez, Rachelyn Hershey, Samantha Turley, Christopher Raish and Adam Schrader.

The Tuesday night performance will feature Howard Payne University’s production of “Picnic” by William Inge. “Picnic” is the story of the intricacies of a love triangle set at a Labor Day picnic. The play stars Dorie Walton, Rivers Shotwell, Katelyn Bare, Jared Russell, Hannah Jansen, Alex Taliaferro, Katie Dobson, Josh Helms, Phoemix Solis, Audrey Harris and Tucker Hull.

Hardin-Simmons University will round out the festival on Wednesday with “Birds on a Wire” by Shauna Kanter. This dust-bowl drama follows the plight of a Jewish family in West Texas. Kanter, the playwright, spent time in Abilene working with the Hardin-Simmons cast that premiered the play. Kanter wrote “Birds on a Wire” after her first experience in West Texas nearly five years ago. The New York City based Kanter was in Abilene to direct a production at an Abilene Shakespeare festival. Texas made a strong impact on Kanter who began research the region and its history. The play’s premiere was Feb. 15.