NSU drama department shares talent with Tahlequah community
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NSU drama department shares talent with Tahlequah community

Published 2/1/17

Hillary Garrett

TNE Writer

The NSU drama department has undergone a lot of changes this year and is bringing a number of shows to Tahlequah. First, the drama department is bringing the play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to NSU students.

Albee’s award-winning 1962 play follows George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha, who have just returned home from a faculty mixer. To George’s distaste, his wife has invited a young couple to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive, the games begin. The messy lives of all involved are exposed and dissected throughout this evening of heavy drinking, venomous intellect and self-destruction. Robyn Pursley, associate professor of theatre, described the process of the play.

“We have been in rehearsals since before the spring semester began,” said Pursley. “It is a long and very intense show, so it requires a lot of prep time. We have spent a good deal of time discussing the play and the characters and getting to the root of what is really going on in the play. People who enjoy an intellectually and emotionally charged story will certainly love this one.”

Christopher Miller, associate professor of theatre, plays a lead role in this performance.

“‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ is one of those scripts I have loved for years, and George is a character that I always thought it would be great to perform,” said Miller.

“When the opportunity came, I jumped on it even though it is an incredibly complex role.” 

The drama department was previously known as the theatre department. The drama department is building a new production shop and classroom space behind the NSU Playhouse. They will also be bringing the nxnsu festival in April. The festival will consist of a series of original films, three original 10-minute plays written by NSU students, an original one-act play written by Miller and a concert by Impressions Dance Company.

Hannah Truitt, Wilburton senior, said she is excited for opening night. 

“I have been in dramatic productions before, but nothing like this one,” said Truitt. “I continue to make discoveries playing the role of Honey. I think the older generation will recognize it, and I am excited to see how the younger generation reacts to it.”

NSU students get in free with a valid NSU ID. The 2017 ticket price for adults is $13, NSU alumni and employees is $11 and seniors over 60 or groups of 12 or more is $10. The doors open one hour before the show begins. Tickets can be purchased online at www.academics.nsuok.edu or at the NSU Playhouse box office.

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?” will run at 7 p.m., Feb. 15-18 at the NSU Playhouse. The show has three acts so it will run close to three hours in length with an intermission.

For more information on the festival, play or ticket prices, email Pursley at mageern@nsuok.edu.

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