HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi.
As the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina nears, a decade-old play based upon the devastating storm will make a revival during special performances next month in Hattiesburg and Ocean Springs, Miss.
"The Katrina Project: Hell and High Water," written by University of Southern Mississippi alum Michael Marks, will return to the stage on Aug. 7-9 at the Hattiesburg High School auditorium and Aug. 16 at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. Just Over the Rainbow Theatre and Hattiesburg Public Schools are jointly producing the performances.
Based on actual interviews, collected stories and found texts, the play provides a voice to the greatest natural disaster in U.S. recorded history. More than 1,800 people died as a direct result of Hurricane Katrina which ravaged the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the New Orleans area on Aug. 29, 2005.
American Idol finalist and Miss Mississippi 2014 Jasmine Murray is part of the stellar cast that will help the audience experience the devastation, heartbreak, anger and, ultimately, the hope of those affected by the deadly storm.
The original production toured the country in 2005 and enjoyed a command performance for Congress in Washington, D.C. To date, the benefit production has raised more than $300,000 in relief monies for disaster victims through worldwide performances.
Contributing Southern Miss partners include the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, Remembering Katrina Multimedia Journalism Workshop, and WUSM Radio.
For ticket information, visit: www.TheKatrinaProject.com or call 601.583.7778.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarshipsand 14 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Our Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of a select number of institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at www.usm.edu.