Hendrix Players, Guest Director Present ‘Anatomy of Gray’

Anatomy of Gray

CONWAY, Ark. (October 8, 2012) - The Hendrix Players will present Anatomy of Gray by Jim Leonard on Wednesday, Nov. 7 - Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. in Cabe Theatre.

The production will be directed by Virginia Smith, this year's Murphy Visiting Theatre Director. Smith recently completed her eighth year as the artistic director of the Nebraska Repertory Theatre and is the head of graduate and undergraduate Directing at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she runs the M.F.A. program in directing for stage and screen. Her directing credits include God of Carnage, Church Basement Ladies, Vino Veritas, Santaland Diaries, Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, Metamorphoses, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, Omnium Gatherum, Crimes of the Heart Dinnertime, The Voice of the Prairie, Romeo and Juliet, Ride Down Mount Morgan, Hamlet, Judevine, and Marisol. In addition to directing, Virginia has adapted former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's Local Wonders for the stage.

In this magical coming of age story set in Gray, Ind., in 1880, a summer storm answers the prayer of a 15 year-old girl when it drops a mysterious balloonist, also a doctor, into isolated little Gray. June Muldoon has prayed for a doctor because her father just died, and she believes it's because the community doesn't have a healer. Bored silly by her backwards little village, she is entranced by the unexpected tempest stirred up by the doctor's new-fangled ideas about how germs, not sin, cause disease. Change spins through Gray, shaking everyone with laughter, suspicion, wistful yearning, love, loss, and hope.

The performance, sponsored by the Hendrix College Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, is free and open to the public. For more information or to make reservations, call 501-450-1343 or visit www.hendrix.edu/theatrearts.

And don't miss these spring 2013 Hendrix Theatre Arts & Dance productions:

  • The Bear and The Proposal, Friday, Jan. 25 - Sat., Jan. 26, 2013 in Staples Auditorium (Limited seating)
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Wednesday, Feb. 20 - Saturday, Feb.23, 2013 (Reservations Required)
  • Hendrix Dance Ensemble Spring Concert, Friday, March 29 - Saturday, March 30, 2013
  • Senior Theatre Arts and Dance Major Seminar, April 18-20, 2013

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Feel about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.