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Hendrix Players Bring Mystery to the Stage

Hope for the HoneybeesHope for the Honeybees castCONWAY, Ark. (Sept. 14, 2011) ― The Hendrix College Players will present Hope for the Honeybees on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 in Cabe Theatre on the Hendrix campus. Performances will be presented at 6 p.m. both days and 2 p.m. on Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.

The play, co-sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation, is conceived and directed by alumna April Gentry-Sutterfield ’01, visiting Murphy director, and written by Hendrix students. In conjunction with the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation’s year-long crime theme, the play explores the notion of Colony Collapse Disorder, the phenomenon made manifest by the inexplicable loss of honeybees.

This original play celebrates the curious child who dares to investigate big questions. The setting is futuristic with a Big Brother type Leader, where science is taught through a television show called Real Science. In the spirit of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, the children become detectives after one of them is sent to security for bringing a flower to school. The children investigate “What are these ‘flowers,’ and why aren’t there more of them?” The Real Scientists won’t answer their questions, and the friends seek clues from the “Beforetimes.” The clues reveal that Real Science provides a shadowy cover for true inquiry in this post-honeybee world.

The play is intended for family audiences. For more information call 501-450-1369.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. Hendrix was named the country’s #1 “Up and Coming” liberal arts college for the third consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2011 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 376 colleges and is listed in the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to College as one of 25 “Best Buy” private colleges included. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit