College of Fine Arts News Archive

September 2016

  • Reception planned for Troutman exhibition

    Reception planned for Troutman exhibition

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    September 26, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    An artist’s reception for the exhibition “Christopher Troutman: Drawing and Narrative” is slated for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Griffith Gallery on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    The exhibition, which features Troutman’s beautifully rendered drawings portraying scenes from urban daily life, will continue showing through Oct. 14.

    John Handley, director of galleries at SFA, describes Troutman as “a master draftsman, able to create visually compelling imagery that touches on the real and the imaginary.”

    “His images are complex in their narrative and visual representation as well as in their use of unusual perspective,” Handley said.

    Admission to the exhibition, which is hosted by the SFA School of Art and sponsored in part by the Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum, is free.

    Gallery hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call (936) 468-1131. Griffith Fine Arts Building is located at 2222 Alumni Drive.

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  • Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase set for Thursday night

    Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase set for Thursday night

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    September 20, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Among the featured Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music faculty members who will perform in the annual Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus are, front, from left, Mario Ajero and Nita Hudson; middle, from left, Lee Goodhew, Emily Mitchell, Emily Milius, Kayla Roth, Deb Scott, Scott LaGraff, Charlotte Davis, Gary Wurtz and Stephen Campbell; and back, from left, Andrew Parr, Richard Leonberger, Ron Petti and Christina Guenther. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Proceeds benefit music scholarships.

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  • SFA’s Hachidori Duo to present ‘Songs and Dances’ recital program

    SFA’s Hachidori Duo to present ‘Songs and Dances’ recital program

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    The Hachidori Duo, which includes husband-and-wife musicians Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola in the SFA School of Music, and Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello instructor, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    September 20, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Hachidori Duo at Stephen F. Austin State University will present “Songs and Dances” when the ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    The Hachidori Duo includes husband-and-wife musicians Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola in the SFA School of Music, and Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello instructor. Their recital is a feature of the School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series.

    The program features works by J.S. Bach, Rebecca Clarke, Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály.

    “We chose the title ‘Songs and Dances’ because we are including wonderful examples of each in our program,” Dalmas said. “Our recital will open with some lovely transcriptions of arias from Bach’s ‘Magnificat’ for violin and cello, arranged by Norman Nelson, father of SFA School of Music faculty member Kirsten Nelson. A number of Bartók’s Rumanian dances will also be included.”

    The largest scale and final piece on the program will be Kodály’s Duo, Op. 7 for Violin and Cello.

    “Composed in 1914, this work completely explores the full range of both the sonorities and the technical possibilities on the violin and cello,” Dalmas said. “Much like Bartók, Kodály skillfully blends the Hungarian folk music of his native land with the formal musical structures of Western tradition.”

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA’s Cole Series to feature guest flute, guitar recital

    SFA’s Cole Series to feature guest flute, guitar recital

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    Julee Kim Walker
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    Alejandro Montiel
    September 20, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present a guest flute and guitar recital featuring Julee Kim Walker and Alejandro Montiel at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Walker, who is assistant professor of flute at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and Montiel, who leads two full-time guitar studios at both Sam Houston State University and Lone Star College-Montgomery, will present their 2016 fall recital tour program, “Dance, Dance, Revolution.”

    “I am very excited to be hosting Julee Kim Walker and Alejandro Montiel,” said Dr. Christina Guenther, professor of flute at SFA. “They are presenting a really exciting program of works for flute and guitar by masters ranging from Bach to Piazzolla, which I think will appeal to all audience members.”

    Among the program pieces are Partita in A Minor by J.S. Bach, Saudade No. 3 by Roland Dyens, Serenade, Op. 127 by Mauro Giuliani and other works by Astor Piazzolla and Jacques Ibert.

    Walker is an active performer and pedagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex where she is director of the annual Texas Summer Flute Symposium held in Commerce. She performs regularly with the Sherman Symphony, South Arkansas Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Lyric Stage (Irving), and has also performed with the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony and Shreveport Symphony orchestras. She has appeared as soloist with the American Wind Symphony, Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble and Banda Sinfônica de Cubatão
in Brazil. She is also a member of Metroplex Flutes and FlutAria! trio.

    Described by Soundboard Magazine as a "flawless musician, filled to the brim with polished technique," guitarist Montiel enjoys a performing career that has taken him throughout the United States, Central America and Europe. He is also a sought-after chamber musician throughout Texas and has been featured on multiple recordings, including the Texas Guitar Quartet's critically acclaimed debut album “RED.”

    Walker will also present a flute master class earlier in the day from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. Guenther will be involved in a guest artist exchange and will be traveling to Texas A&M-Commerce in October to present a concert and master class.

    The concert is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

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  • SFA theatre students to present Roderick’s ‘Props’

    SFA theatre students to present Roderick’s ‘Props’

    September 20, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Playwright Michael Roderick’s “Props” will open the fall semester of Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre’s student-directed plays.

    Directed by San Antonio senior Jade Bishoppetty, “Props” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    The play is about a prop artist who immerses himself in his work after a difficult breakup. The project involves a prop woman, and the women in his life become concerned with his obsession, Bishoppetty said.

    “His creation comes to life, and he has to deal with making decisions about love and relationships,” she said.

    The cast includes Austin sophomore Gabriel Penaloza-Hernandez as Andrew; Lake Dallas senior Andrea Nelson as Susan; Houston junior Anais Saenz as Kerri; Maypearl junior Chelsea Rodrigue as Denise; and Tyler senior Katt Akin as Melissa.

    The production staff includes Matthew Weaver, Lake Dallas sophomore, stage manager; Andy Bauerle, Conroe senior, scenic designer; Victoria Medrano, Edinburg junior, costume designer; Reagan Moore, Richmond junior, lighting designer; Danika Pettyjohn, Fort Worth senior, sound designer; and Kindle Bonner, Hudson senior, properties manager.

    The play is recommended for mature audiences. Faculty production advisor is Dr. Rick Jones.

    Bishoppetty has previously directed “The Red Coat,” “The Brothers Grimm Spectacular” and Act 3, Scene 2 of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

    The Downstage Theatre is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA music faculty members present annual scholarship concert

    SFA music faculty members present annual scholarship concert

    September 16, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Faculty members of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will be the featured performers during the annual Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    "This concert is a showcase featuring the talents of our diverse performing faculty," said Deborah Dalton, SFA associate professor of voice and president of the local chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.

    "In addition, all proceeds benefit the Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship we give each year to the sophomore music major with the highest grade point average," Dalton said. "For the past few years, awards were given to several sophomores with 4.0 grade-point averages."

    The musicians have selected a wide range of musical styles and will perform in a variety of solo and ensemble settings.

    Among the composers' works to be performed are Astor Piazzolla, Giovanni Dettori, Isaac Albéniz, Henri Duparc, William Bolcom and Gary Schocker.

    Nathan Nabb, alto saxophone, and Brad Meyer, marimba, will perform Piazzolla’s Café 1930, Mvt. II from “Histoire du Tango.” Mario Ajero, piano, will perform Dettori’s “Lady Gaga Fugue,” and Andrew Parr, piano, will perform Albéniz’s “Rondeña” from “Iberia.” Christina Guenther, flute, and Ron Petti, piano, will perform Schocker’s “Airborne,” and Dalton, mezzo-soprano, and Mary Cooper, piano, will perform Bolcom’s “Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise.”

    Other performers include Kimberley LaGraff, mezzo-soprano; Scott LaGraff, baritone; Deb Scott, trombone; Nita Hudson, mezzo-soprano; Richard G. Leonberger, tenor; Emily Milius, soprano; Geneva Fung, piano; and Emily Mitchell, harp.

    "This is one of the most popular concerts of the year because there is truly something for everyone, from sopranos and saxophones to trombones and tenors," Dalton said.

    The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a part of the 2016-2017 Cole Performing Arts Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building at 2210 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA’s Guenther, Petti to perform recital for flute, piano

    SFA’s Guenther, Petti to perform recital for flute, piano

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    September 16, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Cole Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present music faculty members Christina Guenther and Ron Petti performing a flute and piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Guenther is professor of flute at SFA, and Petti is professor and director of accompanying. The concert, which is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, will open with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonata in G Minor.

    “This work is actually attributed to Bach and was likely written by his son, Carl Philipp Emmanuel,” Guenther said. “With an obbligato keyboard part, the two instruments play an equal role in this standard fast-slow-fast three-movement Baroque work.”

    The program includes Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Sonata for Flute and Piano, which is also a three-movement work. Hummel, an Austro-Hungarian composer and pianist, crosses over the Classical and Romantic periods, which can be heard in the piece, according to Guenther.

    “Classical scale patterns meet Romantic harmonies and colors,” she said.

    The second part of the concert opens with French composer Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Flute and Piano, another three-movement work with “lovely tone colors, singing melodies and fun energy,” Guenther said. The Coolidge Foundation commissioned the piece in 1957.

    The concert will feature the world premiere of San Francisco-based composer Kyle Hovatter’s “by a spirit of uselessness.” The composer describes the work as “a spirited dance with a fun groove.”

    The program closes with New York-based composer Gary Schocker’s “Airborne.”

    “This work has a fun, jazzy feel, is high in energy with several mood changes, and will be a crowd pleaser,” Guenther said.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA’s fall musical takes comedic look at political spectacle

    SFA’s fall musical takes comedic look at political spectacle

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    September 16, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    While political pundits around the world are having a field day with this strange U.S. presidential election year, theatre and music students at Stephen F. Austin State University are having fun preparing for a production that puts it all in raucous rock musical perspective.

    The SFA School of Theatre will present “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” Oct. 4 through 8 in William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. The show, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and a book by Alex Timbers, takes a comedic look at the founding of the Democratic Party and portrays Andrew Jackson, America’s seventh president, as an emo rock star.

    Angela Bacarisse, professor of theatre who directed SFA’s smash hit “Spamalot,” directs this musical that boasts a blazing pop score, captivating sex-appeal and wagon-loads of goofy humor. It reinvents the life of Jackson in a way that mischievously reveals how little has really changed in two centuries of America’s often crazy, sometimes brutal, always entertaining political spectacle, according to Bacarisse.

    “I have wanted to work on this play for many years, and it is of particular interest because this is an election year,” Bacarisse said. “Andrew Jackson was instrumental in the formation of the Democratic Party, and there are many similarities between what happened in the early 19th century and events of the early 21st century.

    “Jackson’s unconventional, often controversial and fiercely held principles and vision shook things up politically, culturally and on the field of battle,” she said. “He played a pivotal role in America’s westward expansion. But Jackson’s legacy was also marked with slavery and the Indian Removal Act – issues that leave us questioning the consequences. He blazed new trails and opened new possibilities. He was loved and loathed, revered and reviled, but seldom ignored.”

    The storyline follows Jackson on his journey from a Revolutionary battlefield at age 13 to two terms in the White House and depicts everything from drunken bar fights to tender love scenes.

    Jackson’s presidency was a time of “political upheaval,” Bacarisse said.

    “Voting rights expanded and the Republican system of government envisioned by the founding fathers was questioned and expanded,” she said. “Jackson’s military hero status and enormous popularity with those he called ‘the humble members of society’ – meaning farmers, mechanics, laborers – carried him to two terms. His unconventional ideas and stances on controversial issues upset the status quo. He brought muddy boots and common voices into the White House and outraged the elite establishment.”

    All of this will be represented in the musical, Bacarisse said, “ … not in a historically accurate way, but in a humorous ‘Saturday Night Live’ style.”

    “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” won’t change anyone’s mind about the November presidential election, she added.

    “But I hope those who see it will be reminded that history really does repeat itself,” Bacarisse said, “and that whoever is in the Oval Office – try as they might – will not be able to please everyone all of the time.”

    Tod Fish, associate director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music, is musical director, and Longview senior theatre major Tanner O’Neal is student assistant director.

    The show is recommended for mature audiences. A content advisory may be viewed at http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu.

    Single tickets are $15 for adult, $10 for senior and $7.50 for student/youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu. Performances are at 7:30 nightly.

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  • Tickets still available for Julian Sands’ ‘A Celebration of Harold Pinter’

    Tickets still available for Julian Sands’ ‘A Celebration of Harold Pinter’

    September 13, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Choice seating is still available for the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts’ presentation of Julian Sands in “A Celebration of Harold Pinter” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    The show opens the 2016-17 season of the College of Fine Arts’ University Series. Sands is well known to audiences from more than 100 film and television appearances. His performance of the works of Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet Pinter was nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award. The performance contains mature language.

    Prior to the performance, Slade Billew, assistant professor of theatre, will present an informative talk about Pinter at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet the performer and to honor the event’s corporate sponsor, Commercial Bank of Texas.

    For tickets or more information on the University Series, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA Faculty Chamber Winds to present concert

    SFA Faculty Chamber Winds to present concert

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    Fred J. Allen

    September 12, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Several members of the music faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University will join together for a concert of music written for wind instruments at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The group, conducted by Fred J. Allen, director of bands, will feature Christina Guenther, flute; Chris Ayer, clarinet; and Charles Gavin, horn. Two new faculty members will also make their SFA debuts playing with the group. Kerry Hughes will perform on oboe and Lee Goodhew on bassoon.

    The concert will include the “Petite Symphonie” by the French composer Charles Gounod. “It has a beautifully expressive flute part in the second movement,” Allen said. Also on the concert will be movements from Antonín Dvořák’s “Czech Suite.”

    Joining these faculty members will be five upper-level music students.

    “These pieces are a perfect opportunity to showcase not only faculty but also some of their top students,” Allen said.

    The concert is a feature of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA Director of Bands Allen teaches, promotes School of Music in Tasmania

    SFA Director of Bands Allen teaches, promotes School of Music in Tasmania

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    September 7, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Fred J. Allen, director of bands at Stephen F. Austin State University, completed a nine-day teaching trip in Tasmania this past summer.

    Allen visited Tasmania in 2012 on behalf of SFA to continue developing the partnership between SFA’s School of Music and the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart. The SFA School of Music has had an exchange student agreement with the Conservatorium in Hobart for five years.

    “During the 2012 trip, I met several of the band directors in Tasmania, and they invited me to come back to spend some time with their bands,” Allen said. His time was spent in three cities in Tasmania: Hobart, Burnie and Launceston.

    “It was great getting to see how many people are active in the school and community bands in those cities,” he said.

    Allen described the trip as having several components. “I rehearsed bands, taught conducting and composition lessons and gave classes in flute and clarinet.” In addition, he gave a guest lecture, “Composers Who Wrote for Band,” before the Musicological Society of Australia, Tasmania Chapter.

    “The community band movement is very strong in Tasmania,” Allen said. “There is a strong push toward life-long learning and music making.”

    Although this trip was self-funded, Allen was always introduced as being from SFA.

    “Hopefully, this will lead to some exchange students from Tasmania to come to SFA,” he said.

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  • Maule, Simmons taking the stage together again for fundraiser

    Maule, Simmons taking the stage together again for fundraiser

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    Brad Maule and Rhonda Plymate Simmons, who charmed audiences with their performances last year in “August: Osage County,” will perform together again in a benefit reading of A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play “Love Letters” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
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    September 7, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Spontaneity will be at the heart of an upcoming performance by local acting favorites Brad Maule and Rhonda Plymate Simmons when they take the stage together again for the Stephen F. Austin State University Friends of Theatre upcoming fundraiser.

    Working together for the first time since the School of Theatre’s production of “August: Osage County,” Maule and Simmons will perform a staged reading of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Proceeds from the event will provide scholarship opportunities for theatre students.

    “I don’t get an opportunity to act that often on stage, so this is a wonderful thing for me,” Maule said, “and it’s great to work with Rhonda again.”

    "Love Letters" is a play that depicts a life-long romance conducted almost entirely through the mail. The play is written to be performed as “reader’s theatre” where two actors (a man and a woman) sit side by side with scripts open and perform the play with minimal movement. The relationship between the two characters begins with a simple thank-you note from one child to another and extends through several decades of successful, complicated lives lived mostly separately but always with an undercurrent of powerful connection between the two. Last fall, a national tour of “Love Letters” featured “Love Story” stars Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal.

    “I think we’ve all had unrequited love in our lives, and ‘Love Letters’ is a continuing lifetime of romance for two people,” Maule said.

    “It’s a little slice of the Hallmark channel,” Simmons said. “It’s a humorously bittersweet journey involving two people and their lifelong letters of communication.”

    Doing the reading with only a couple of technical rehearsals, Maule likened this type of performance to “walking along the edge of a cliff.”

    “I like that sort of ‘acting danger,’” he said with a laugh. “It’s fun.”

    Maule said he hopes the audience gets a sense of the spontaneity involved in the production.

    “It’s not over-rehearsed; in fact, it’s not very rehearsed at all. It tends to take on the personalities of the people who are reading it, so we don’t know what the outcome will be, and neither does the audience,” he said. “Even though the words are already written, you never know where the sparks and the connections will happen.”

    Because the reading is mounted without the costs of costuming and sets, those who attend get the satisfaction of knowing they personally contributed to the education of theatre students, Simmons said.

    “We wanted to do something low cost, so that every dime spent on tickets would allow audience members to feel like they were giving directly to students,” she said. “We’ve done many different fundraisers, but we thought this might have a different appeal. A $50 contribution to scholarships is not a huge amount to ask of two people, especially if you enjoy the evening.”

    Maule said there are no “financial motives” for himself or Simmons in committing to the performance, meaning “our intentions are in the right place.”

    “It’s not about ego or monetary gain,” he said. “It’s just a good, fun project, and therefore should be a good, fun evening.”

    “We’re two people charming an audience, hopefully, with a brief look into ourselves and our own relationships,” Simmons said. “And, we’re promoting the cultural enjoyment of theatre.”

    Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, is the director.

    Tickets for the reading are $25 for adults and seniors and $7.50 for students. For tickets or more information, visit theatre.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

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