Tennessee Williams Play to be Staged at WBU April 11 & 12


The Williams Baptist University theatre program will close its 2018-2019 season with Tennessee Williams’ “A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur.”  The production will be staged April 11 and 12 on the WBU campus.

Director Melinda Williams decided to revisit one of her favorite playwrights in commemoration of her 35th anniversary at WBU.  “In a time where all of our friendships are online, this play stresses the importance of relationships,” the director stated.

The play follows four strong female characters that are weak in their own way. The story pushes each character towards filling a different void in their life.

Senior MaKenzie Free of Beebe, Ark., plays the character of Bodey.  Reflecting on her time in the WBU theatre program, Free noted, “I am incredibly proud, not only of this show, but also of all the ones I’ve had the honor of being in. There are lessons that can only be taught in the theatre, and I hope to never stop learning.”

Sophomore Sara Michael of Jonesboro, Ark., plays the role of Sophia Gluck.  Michael believes that the audience will take away “an appreciation for who they came with. There will be lots of laughs but moments of vulnerability.”

Junior Maggie Morgan of Mammoth Spring, Ark., who portrays the character of Dorothea, stated, “This show is special to me, in its own way, as every show is. To me, this show means a new adventure, a new memory which I will always hold dear in my heart.”

Freshman Anna Langlie of North Bend, Ore., says that her character, Helena Brookmire, taught her that “people often cover up their pain by making other people feel insecure, so that they feel better, but truly Helena needs their help more than they need hers.”

Melinda Williams, the director, noted, “I think there is always something you can identify with. I’m incredibly proud of this cast and show.”

The show will run Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12.  It begins at 8 p.m. both evenings in WBU’s Startup Chapel.  Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for senior citizens and students.

WBU is a private, Christian university in Walnut Ridge, Ark.

Photo attached of “A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur” cast.  Left to right: Sara Michael, MaKenzie Free, Maggie Morgan and Anna Langlie.