Spoon River College Drama Department Announces Upcoming Productions

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 Shue.

“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 Okey.

“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 douglas.okey@src.edu.