RSU Theatre Production Focuses on Homelessness

DSC_0481An upcoming Rogers State University Theatre production will share a unique view of the homeless during its upcoming shows this month.

The RSU Theatre Program will stage “Tales from Tent City” on April 7-9 and 14-16 at the Will Rogers Auditorium on the Claremore campus.

Written by Los Angeles playwright Brian James Polak, “Tales from Tent City” presents the story of a photographer who delivers a presentation about five runaway teenagers she photographs on the streets of a big city. As her presentation continues, it morphs into a play and she becomes part of the narrative. As a result, she is left to wonder if advancing her career is worth exploiting the lives she documents.

DSC_0648Cast members for the production include: Zack Amon, a communications senior from Cushing; Wesley Coburn, a liberal arts senior from Beggs; Autumn Erickson, a communications freshman from Claremore; Jamie Hazen, a community member from Pryor; Kessiah Neff, a communications senior from Claremore; and Keirstine Weaver, a physical science freshman from Claremore.

Charli Stoots, a community counseling junior from Jay, is serving as the stage manager and David Blakely, Associate Professor of Communications and Director of the RSU Theatre Program, directed the play. Amon also wrote the music for several songs used during the production.

Admission for all regular performances is $12 for adults, $7 for seniors and $3 for RSU students, faculty and staff who present university ID. All proceeds will benefit student participation in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival regional competition.

Tickets are available at the door, call the RSU Theatre Box Office at 918-343-6882, or order online.

Admission for the April 14 performance will be free for patrons who donate canned food items to be donated benefit the area homeless.

For more information about the RSU Theatre Program, visit