WWU to Present Tennessee Williams Play

William Woods University’s theatre department takes on one of Tennessee Williams’ most hauntingly beautiful plays with the production of “Eccentricities of a Nightingale.”

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25 and March 3 and 4, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in Dulany Auditorium.

WWU student performers include Meghan Parks of Quincy, Ill., as Alma Winemiller; Arin Brewington of DeSoto, Mo., as Mrs. Winemiller; Taylor Davidson of Kansas City, Mo., as Roger Doremus; Stephanie Powers of Florissant, Mo., as Mrs. Bassett; Kristin Bailey of Columbia, Mo., as Rosemary and Joshua Potter of Fulton, Mo., as Vernon.

Other cast members include WWU alumni and Fulton residents Lindsey Hux as Mrs. Buchanan and Jody Paschal as John Buchanan Jr., Matthew Pedersen of North Callaway High School as the Rev. Winemiller and Shawn Fitzwilliam of Wesminster College as the traveling salesman.

The play will be guest directed by Kathy Potter, with scene and lighting design by Joe potter and costume design by Jane Friedman.

“Eccentricities of a Nightingale” takes place in Glorious Hill, Miss., right before WWI. Alma Winemiller has become disturbed by the fear that she will remain a spinster. Hemmed in by her stern minister father and deranged mother, she makes a final attempt to win the man of her choice, a young doctor whose social-climbing mother frowns on his attachment to Alma.

The play centers on the complex relationship between the two, her attempts to sway his emotions and his uncertainty as to where his heart should lead him.

Ticket prices are $8.50 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and children 5-12. The production is for mature adults. Children under 5 will not be admitted. For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267. For more information, call Joe Potter at (573) 592-4281.