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Student-directed “The Valiant” slated for SFA’s Downstage Theatre

January 29, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS—The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed one-act play “The Valiant” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Written by Holworthy Hall and Robert Middlemass, “The Valiant” will be directed by Fort Worth senior Darius Michael Moore. The plot concerns a man waiting in prison for execution, according to Moore.

“Nothing is known about him except that he killed a man,” Moore wrote in his synopsis of the play. “The warden and the chaplain of the prison are determined to discover this man’s true identity before they chance executing an innocent man. On execution day, a girl comes to see him, thinking he may be her long-lost brother. The play ends with the discovery of the man’s true identity.”

The cast features Jalen Clark, Arlington sophomore, as Warden Holt; Eric Gibson, Fairfield senior, as Father Daly; Tanner O’Neal. Longview freshman, as Dan, a jailer; Michael Dizon, Dallas sophomore, as prisoner James Dyke; and Andrea Nelson, Lake Dallas freshman, as Josephine Paris.

The production team includes Taylor Dobbs, Baytown sophomore, stage manager; Michael Spencer, Colleyville senior, scenic designer; Destiny Duhon, Pearland senior, costume designer; Ross Denison, Houston sophomore, lighting designer; Nicole Kapalski, Dayton senior, make-up; and Jessica Skidmore, Nacogdoches sophomore, sound. Faculty production adviser is Jack Heifner.

Moore is a senior theatre major with an emphasis in education. Among his SFA acting credits are “She Stoops to Conquer,” “Savage/Love and Tongues,” “The Tarantino Variation” and “The Wedding Story.”

Admission to “The Valiant” is $3. The Downstage Theatre is located on the first floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.