WINFIELD — In celebration of the 99th Campus Players season, the Southwestern College theater department will present “The Fourposter” at 8 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.
Written by Jan de Hartog in 1951, “The Fourposter” won the Tony Award for best play in 1952.
“‘The Fourposter’ is a play about marriage,” said Roger Moon, associate professor of theater and speech at Southwestern College.
“It’s a two-character comedy spanning 35 years from 1890 to 1925, as it focuses on the trials and tribulations, laughter and sorrow, and hopes and disappointments experienced by Agnes and Michael throughout their marriage. The set consists solely of their bedroom, dominated by the large fourposter bed in the center of the room.”
Among the couple’s milestones are the first night of their marriage, the birth of their first child, Michael’s success as a writer, the trials of raising their son, their daughter’s wedding, Michael and Agnes’ midlife crisis, and their preparations to move to a smaller house and pass their home on to another newlywed couple.
The campus players will present “The Fourposter” as a one-night-only reader’s theater production, with seven couples of readers embodying two characters as they age. The cast includes current SC freshmen, seniors, and alumni from graduation years of 2017, ’16, ’12, ’97, ’92, ’73, ’72 and ’67. Actors include:
- current SC freshmen Hannah Breshears, of Wichita, and Ryan Pangracs, of Leavenworth;
- SC senior Allie Petrovich;
- Austin Davis, of Winfield, class of ’16;
- Jacob Marney, of Winfield, class of ’17;
- Lenita Krejci, of Enid, Oklahoma, class of ’12;
- Geoffrey Moon and Carman Costello Moon, both of Santa Fe, New Mexico, class of ’97;
- Jessica Callison Fisher, of Wichita, class of ’92;
- Lael Porter, of Winfield, class of ’92;
- Robbie Gilger Banks, of Winfield, class of ’72;
- Laban Moon, of Independence, class of ’73;
- Judy Martin Haynes, of Andover, class of ’67;
- James Christie, of Lago Vista, Texas, class of ’67.
“The cast, Campus Players spanning 50 years, are working on the script individually, and will get together on Saturday morning of the SC Homecoming after the parade to rehearse their entrances, exits and curtain call, and any necessary scenes,” Moon said.
“Each of the couples, some (of whom) played together on the old Richardson Hall stage 50 years ago and have not seen each other since, will rehearse as couples. They will then each then bring their talent together for this very special performance.”
The production is being stage-managed by SC students Kaela Massey, of Winfield, and Ryan Pangracs, as well as SC Campus Player alumna Kathy Hampson Baker, of Winfield, class of ’75.
Tickets will be sold at the door or at the SC performing arts office and are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, or $6 for students. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (620) 221-7720.
About Southwestern College
Southwestern College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south-central Kansas.
Today, its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world.
Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for people serving in the military.
The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
This information was provided by Southwestern College News Bureau Coordinator Charles Osen.