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Hendrix Players Present 'The Sparrow'

Horne HeadshotCONWAY, Ark. (January 20, 2017) – The Hendrix Players and Hendrix College Department of Theatre Arts and Dance present The Sparrow, by Chris Mathews, Jake Minton, and Nathan Allen of The House Theatre of Chicago, directed by Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Theatre Director Tony Horne. Performances are Wednesday, Feb. 22 — Friday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. 

The production is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. For reservations, visit or call 501-450-1343.

The Sparrow is the story of Emily Book, a small-town girl returning home ten years after a tragic bus accident that claimed the lives of her entire class. As the town struggles to accept the girl who reminds them of what they lost, Emily attempts to hide the special powers that make her different. Can this strange girl with even stranger powers be the hero that her town is longing for, or will her dark secret destroy them all? 

Tony Horne, educator, arts manager, performer, director, and choreographer, will direct this student production. As a director, his areas of interest are musical theatre, contemporary plays with movement, and African-American plays. 

Horne co-founded the Memphis Black Repertory Theatre and served as administrative director from 1997 to 2000. He also served as treasurer for Black Theatre Network, a national organization that promotes African-American theatre. 

As an educator, Horne was most recently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. He is currently Associate Professor of Directing and Area Head of Musical Theatre at the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. 

The Visiting Theatre Director program is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, which are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College.

About Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit