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All My Sons

Art and theatre highlight Fanfare's second week

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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‘ALL MY SONS’ TO BE PRESENTED AT FANFARE –  Lead character Joe Keller, right, played by Terrell Robinson of Livingston, listens to his neighbors Dr. Jim Bayless, left, (Matt Green of Mandeville) and Frank Lubey (Mark Bryan of Covington) in rehearsals for Southeastern’s production of “All My Sons.” Southeastern Theatre will present Arthur Miller’s classic play Oct. 12 – 15 in the Vonnie Borden Theatre at 7:30 p.m. as part of the university’s Fanfare schedule.

     HAMMOND – A classic play, an art collection unveiling and opening reception, a “Then and Now” lecture, and a performance by the Southeastern Brass Quintet highlight the second week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s October celebration of the arts.
     Fanfare’s second full week opens on Monday, Oct.10, at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium with the Southeastern Brass Quintet. The free concert will feature an evening of spirited brass music, including a variety of well-known original selections and arrangements.
     Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 12 through Oct. 15, Southeastern Theatre will present Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” in Vonnie Borden Theatre in D Vickers Hall. 
     Arthur Miller is considered one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century, said Roy Blackwood, interim director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts and Fanfare. The play, which opened on Broadway in 1947, tells the story of Joe Keller, a successful, middle-aged man who has framed his business partner for a crime and engineered his own exoneration.
     “Now his son is about to marry the partner’s daughter, which forces a return to Keller’s misdeeds and unravels his lie of a life,” Blackwood explained.
     General admission tickets are $10; $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff, seniors and non-Southeastern students; and Southeastern students are admitted free with university I.D. Tickets are available in the Vonnie Borden box office in D Vickers Hall, 985-549-2115.
     Fanfare’s second week also includes:
     ▪ Foreign film – the Italian film with English subtitles “The Son’s Room,” Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre. An unthinkable tragedy hits a psychoanalyst who must somehow summon the courage to deal with his own grief while giving strength to those who need him most. Released to overwhelming critical acclaim, this uplifting emotional journey has drawn praise for its subtle realism and remarkable power. Co-sponsored by the Department of Languages and Communication, the free film is rated R with a running time of 100 minutes.
     ▪ “Then and Now” lecture on “The Forty-Five and American Colonial Political Thought” by History and Political Science faculty member Benjamin Price, Oct. 12, 1 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Price will examine the 1745 American colonists who received troublesome news from Britain of a rebellion in Scotland led by the Young Pretender, Charles Edward Stuart. Colonial writers and preachers feared that it might succeed, ending the Protestant succession, their charters and their civil and religious liberties.
     ▪ Richard Collin Collection unveiling on Oct. 13, 4 p.m., in Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library. Last year Sims Memorial Library became the beneficiary of a large portion of the personal library of the late Richard Collin, professor of history at the University of New Orleans and the city’s Underground Gourmet restaurant critic and writer. Some 4,000 books on art, literature, history, and culture studies, along with a collection of books and papers on Theodore Roosevelt and his era and 350 opera and vocal CDs, are being added to the library’s collection. Light refreshments will be served.
     ▪ Opening reception and panel discussion for “Ink and Needles: National Tattoo Exhibition,” Oct. 13, 5-7 p.m., Contemporary Art Gallery. The national exhibition explores the fine art of tattooing, its styles and themes. The exhibition will be open through Nov. 11.
     ▪ Southeastern faculty member Joy Ratliff and Friends in Recital, Oct. 16, 3 p.m., in Pottle Annex Recital Hall. The free concert will feature vocal standards from the 40s, 50s and 60s, presented by Ratliff and colleagues, including pianist Henry Jones, saxophonist Rich Schwartz, and bassist Robert Nash.

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