The Haint haunts Homecoming with laughter

Tue, 2012-07-31 15:06 -- univcomm

Modeled after the story of a murder that Troy Mink heard as a child, "The Haint"-- part murder mystery, part comedy tells the story of a woman who stopped the heartbeat of a man who never loved her. She then turns the weapon on herself and haunts the town of Midway, Tennessee. Instead of grieving over the loss of two citizens, Midway turns the murder/suicide into a tourist attraction. At 7:30 p.m. on October 6 and 7, Byrum Hall will be transformed into the haunted community just south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Anderson University alumnus, Troy Mink (1988) co-wrote this hilarious one-man show with Tom Fitzmacken and Jeff Pozarsk. The performance is a documentary-style play with Mink cast as the entire company. All thirteen eccentric characters come to life through Mink's perfectly manipulated facial expressions creating a sleazy mayor, a ghost busting sheriff, and shrimp dip obsessed simpleton. Midway's characters are nothing less than satirical embodiments of theatrical hilarity.

While “The Haint” can be taken as an excuse to howl with laughter, there is more to the performance than solving a murder and poking a little fun at our neighbors down south. "The Haint” actually has more to say than what's on the surface," writes the Apollo Guide. "The play cuts deep into America's obsession with theme attractions and says a lot about how people capitalize on tragedy."

Mink, also a respected member of Seattle's Impov scene, will perform a late night comedy improv on Saturday, October 8, in Byrum Hall at 10:30 p.m. For ticket information, please contact the Byrum Hall Box Office at 765-641-4351.

For more information about Anderson University’s 2005 Homecoming celebration, contact the AU Office of Alumni Relations at 765-641-4100, 765-641-3888 (fax), (e-mail), or visit the AU public Web site at