RSU Theatre Presents “An Evening of Readings” Thursday

The Rogers State University Theatre program on Thursday will present “An Evening of Readings,” which will feature an original, award-winning work written by a current RSU student.

“An Evening of Readings” will be held at 7:07 p.m., on Thursday, April 16, in the Baird Hall Performance Studio. The event is free and open to the public.

The evening’s centerpiece will be an original play by Kessiah Neff, a communications junior from Claremore. Her work, “Living With Anxiety,” earned second place in the scriptwriting category at this year’s Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association annual student awards competition.

Participating in the reading will be Abigail Peters, a freshman from Adair; Madison BlueJacket, a junior from Okmulgee; Sharleen Branch, a senior from Bartlesville; Coale Kirk, a sophomore from Owasso; Dr. Kevin Woller, professor of psychology; Michael Robinson, a senior from Claremore, and Stirling Mackie, a Claremore High School senior.

Dr. David Blakely, director of the RSU Theatre program, is directing the reading.

The evening also will feature poetic and dramatic readings from students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Original poetry will be presented by alumni authors Jeanice Davis and Caleb Wall; RSU student author Michael Skidmore, a liberal arts- English junior from Inola; and Dr. Mary Mackie, professor of English and humanities. Their works are being presented in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Stirling Mackie and Andrew Nichols, RSU auditorium-media supervisor, are scheduled to present readings from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Robert Frost respectively.