The first season of the newly revamped drama
program at Spoon River College has been announced, and will begin with the fall
2014 production of “Antigone” by Sophocles – the first in a series of “Hour
Classics,” – followed by the spring 2015 production of “The Nerd,” by Larry
“The ‘Hour Classics’ are sixty-minute versions of
classic plays, ranging from the ancient Greeks to the nineteenth century,” said
Douglas Okey, who has taught English at the College for 25 years and will now
also be teaching the drama curriculum.
“Exploring the classics will introduce students
to an acting style that many of them may not be familiar or comfortable with,
but will build a solid acting foundation they can take anywhere they go,” said
“Antigone,” which will run November 14-16, tells
the story of one woman’s struggle against political power and asks viewers to
weigh the authority of the state against individual conscience. It is one of the
works in the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles’ “Theban Trilogy.” Auditions
for this production will be held September 17 and 18.
“The Nerd” will run March 4-6, and is a
contemporary comedy by Larry Shue that shows the life of a mild-mannered
architect turned upside down when the man who saved his life in Vietnam comes
to visit – and stays. Audition dates will be announced at a later time.
Okey, whose theatre experience includes a variety
of roles – on and off the stage, including directing – in both amateur and
professional theatre, was also active in the SRC drama program under long-time
drama instructor Bob Gorg.
“Bob spent 30 years establishing a strong and
successful drama program here at the College,” said Okey. “I hope to build upon
his legacy, and I’m excited for our ‘first’ season.”
For more information about the drama program or
the upcoming productions, visit http://www.src.edu/student/drama/Pages/default.aspx
on the College’s website or the Spoon River College Drama Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/srcdrama.
For more information about opportunities for
students in the drama program, contact Douglas Okey at (309) 649-6308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.