AU Hosts Collegiate World Premiere

Anderson University will host the collegiate world premiere of Tennessee Playboy. This production put on by the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will be on Sept. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. All performances will be in Byrum Hall. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior/military, $5 for non-AU students, and free for all AU students, faculty, and staff. 

In this modern re-imagining of John Millington Synge’s 1907 The Playboy of the Western World, the hum-drum lives of some very colorful locals are stirred up in hilarious ways when a young man on the run from the law invades their overlooked little corner of the world.

David Coolidge, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre and Director of Musical Theatre Program, saw the production in 2013 and has been anxious to bring the story to AU ever since. “While our personalities might not be so bold, nor our language as colorful as the good folk of Bull’s Bend, we in the Midwest do share many of the same deep roots of faith and family,” he said. “We are honored to produce the collegiate world premiere of Tennessee Playboy, and for our students to have the chance to interact with the playwright.”

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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