AU Hosts Collegiate World Premiere

Anderson University will host the collegiate world premiere of Tennessee Playboy. This production put on by the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will be on Sept. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. All performances will be in Byrum Hall. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior/military, $5 for non-AU students, and free for all AU students, faculty, and staff. 

In this modern re-imagining of John Millington Synge’s 1907 The Playboy of the Western World, the hum-drum lives of some very colorful locals are stirred up in hilarious ways when a young man on the run from the law invades their overlooked little corner of the world.

David Coolidge, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre and Director of Musical Theatre Program, saw the production in 2013 and has been anxious to bring the story to AU ever since. “While our personalities might not be so bold, nor our language as colorful as the good folk of Bull’s Bend, we in the Midwest do share many of the same deep roots of faith and family,” he said. “We are honored to produce the collegiate world premiere of Tennessee Playboy, and for our students to have the chance to interact with the playwright.”

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by U.S. News and World ReportColleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in businessmusic education, and theology.

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