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Department of Theatre and Dance Presents Encore Presentation of “A Lesson Before Dying”

BOONE–The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance will present a special encore presentation of Romulus Linney’s stage adaptation of “A Lesson Before Dying” Feb. 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. in Valborg Theatre.

Admission is $5. For tickets and information, call the Valborg Theatre box office at 262-3063.The production also has been selected to be performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s (KCACTF) regional competition at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., Feb. 5-10.

The play follows the events in Ernest J. Gaines’ award-winning novel of the same title. In 1948, Jefferson, an innocent young black man, is sentenced to die in Louisiana’s “traveling” electric chair. Before his execution, his godmother, Miss Emma, enlists the aid of Grant Wiggins to teach Jefferson how to die with dignity. Wiggins, a plantation schoolhouse teacher, is reluctant to undertake the task but when he does, he learns a lesson himself about living with dignity.

Featured in this production are nominees for the KCACTF’s Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship–Appalachian students Daryl Walker, Hunter Thore and Andrea Gilkey. The students were selected to audition for the $500 scholarships.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival was established in 1969, and is a national theatre program involving 18,000 students from college and universities nationwide. Each January and February, regional festivals showcase the finest of each region’s productions. Regional productions are judged by a panel of three judges. Four to six of the best and most diverse regional festival productions will be selected for performance at the annual national festival at the Kennedy Center in April.

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Department of Theatre and Dance contact: Derek Gagnier, assistant professor of theatre, (828) 262-6854.

University News contact: Jane Nicholson, (828) 262-2345.