Senior directed plays ‘Endgame’; ‘Beyond Therapy’ highlight week

The SHSU Department of Theatre and Dance will present two plays to run from April 22 through April 26. Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” and Christopher Durang’s “Beyond Therapy” will be performed in the Showcase Theatre in the University Theatre Center.

“Endgame” is directed by senior theatre major Jayson Rivera and stars Daniel Colosky as Hamm a paraplegic who deals with the issue of preparing for the end of the world. Austin Robinson plays Clov, Hamm’s manservant, and Grant Gonsoulin and Haruna Kajino play Hamm’s elderly parents Nagg and Nell.

“‘Endgame’ is about a man facing his own mortality, his past and what he thinks is his future,” said Penny Hasekoester, assistant professor of theatre.

The play will last one hour and 30 minutes and there will be no intermission.

Tracy Crowston is the stage manager for “Endgame” and Kristina Hansen is the costume designer. The sets for both “Endgame and “Beyond Therapy” were designed by sophomore theatre major Steven Kemp and lighting is done by Chimmy Gunn and Crystal Lee.

“Beyond Therapy” is a two-act comedy that will run approximately two hours.

“Beyond Therapy” is about two people who are in therapy searching for their lives, where they fit in and how they want to live,” Hasekoester said.

The play addresses questions about true love and fate between the main characters Prudence played by Samantha Sutton and Bruce played by Nick Viega.

Tye Blue, senior musical theatre major is the director and Lee-Anna Hamilton is stage manager.

Kira Brasel designed the costumes for “Beyond Therapy”. The “Beyond Therapy” cast also includes Zach Arrington, Kati Torgerson, Bobby Martinez and Byron Shoemaker.

“Endgame” and “Beyond Therapy” will be the last two shows of the season. “Endgame” opens on Tuesday at 8 p.m. and will be performed Wednesday at 8 p.m. A matinee performance of the play will also take place at 2 p.m. on Friday.

“Beyond Therapy” will open at 8 p.m. on Thursday with performances also at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

All tickets for both productions are general admission and will cost $8. For more information or reservations call 936-294-1339 or 936-294-1330.

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