WCU to present Tennessee Williams plays

HATTIESBURG, MS (WILLIAM CAREY UNIVERSITY) - The William Carey University Theatre will present "Tennessee Boarders," a collection of Tennessee Williams' one-act plays set in a boarding house April 22 through 24 at 7 p.m. in the O. L. Quave Theatre.

Written in the 1940's William's four one-acts are character focused creations showcasing the Mississippi author's gift for relatable and convincing character development.

"The Last of My Solid Gold Watches" tells the story of traveling shoe salesman Mr. Charlie (Tim Matheny, chair of and theatre and communication department) who comes to terms with the fact that he is at the end of his days. Hunter Shirley of Brookhaven portrays Mr. Harper and John Tyler Robinson of Greensburg, La. is the porter.

Taken from Williams' short story "The Malediction," "The Strangest Kind of Romance" focuses on a lonely man (Casey Rowe of Starkville) tossed by life and harassed by his landlady (Amber Mauldin of Columbia) who finds happiness with an alley cat. Other actors include an old man (Isaiah Quiroz of Picayune), a boxer (Zach Lancaster of Carriere), a woman roomer (Chelsea McMillen of Hattiesburg) and a police officer (Kenneth Moffett of Wiggins).

A refined woman (Amanda Williams of Picayune) finds herself in the unfortunate circumstance of not being able to pay her landlady (Amber Mauldin of Columbia) in "The Lady of Larkspur Lotion." Solomon Swift of Diamondhead plays a writer who lives in the building.

"Auto Da Fe" tells the story of a young postal worker (Robert Anderson of Purvis) struggling with the growing disintegration of society and its effects on his life. Mademoiselle Duvenet is played by Heather Campbell of Picayune.

The director is Tim Matheny and the stage manager is Beth Sanford of Daphne, Ala. The costume designer is Mauldin, set designer is Williams, lighting designer is Rowe and the sound designer is Cory Clutter of Carriere. Anderson is the properties designer.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens and military and $5 for students. Reservations can be made by calling 601-318-6221 beginning Monday, April 19. The box office is open daily from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.