Oklahoma Baptist University

Six Characters in Search of an Author Opens Thursday

Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre Department concludes its 2006-07 season by presenting Six Characters in Search of an Author.

Performances will be in Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall on April 19, 20, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances will be offered April 21 and 29 at 2:30 p.m.


"I am inviting you to emerge from this game of art which you are accustomed to play here with your actors." Pictured are, from left, Nathan Grey Hollis, Collin Blackard, and Laurel Lea Green.

The Luigi Pirandello production features six characters in search of an author to complete their stories. The characters share a journey of jealousy, competition and violence.

“Through the tag line ‘Will all that you feel yourself to be now inevitably seem an illusion tomorrow?’ the play examines the relationship between illusion and reality, leaving the audience to evaluate the definition of ‘truth,’ said Dr. Joyce Aldridge, director of the OBU production.


"You can't exist. Here, the actor acts you." Pictured are, from left, Fiona Rene, Kate Rutledge, and Laurel Lea Green.

The play features 13 OBU students and two guest performers. The production’s lead roles are filled by Laurel Green, a senior from New Braunfels, Texas; Collin Blackard, senior from Idabel, Okla.; Susan Smoots, a junior from Renton, Wash.; Drew Prince, sophomore from Tomball, Texas; Fiona Oldham, a junior from Austin, Texas; and guest performers Elijah Gragg, son of Theresa Barkhimer and Ron Gragg; and Hannah Naylor, daughter of Kenny and Michelle Naylor.

Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. A panel discussion including Dr. Bill Hagen, OBU professor of English; Dr. John Mullen, OBU assistant professor of philosophy; Green and Joyce Aldridge will follow the opening night performance.


"He has contempt for us because we three have no father." Pictured are, from left, Fiona Rene, Collin Blackard, and Drew Prince.

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