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DATE: February 16, 2001

CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, 901/333-4247

STCC to Present A Raisin In The Sun; Production will Feature Student Cast

The Fine Arts, Language and Literature Department at Southwest Tennessee Community College is presenting its version of the critically acclaimed drama, A Raisin In The Sun, Thursday, March 8, through Sunday, March 11. The performances will be held in the Union Avenue Campus Theater, 737 Union Avenue, Union and Manassas. There is an 8:00 p.m. showtime for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Sunday performance is set for 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 for adults. All STCC employees and students may attend free with ID.

The Fine Arts Department's production of A Raisin In The Sun is a sponsored event of the STCC African American History Month Planning Committee. It was nearly 25 years ago that the play launched the theater program at what is now the Union Avenue Campus of the College. 

Ron Gephart, Associate Professor in the Fine Arts, Languages and Literature Department, is directing the play. Gephart was recently recognized in the Memphis Theatre Awards as Best Leading Actor in a Drama for his portrayal of Eddie Carbone in the Theatre Memphis production of A View From the Bridge.

He also recently appeared in the Little Theatre at Theatre Memphis in Stonewall Jackson's House, and at Circuit Playhouse in All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Gephart has taught at the Union Avenue Campus for 18 years. He has been active as an actor and director for over 30 years.

The veteran actor and instructor said what most excites him about the current production is the talent of the STCC student cast. "Our students are extremely talented," Gephart observed. "A big turn out from the community would certainly be an encouragement to them," he concluded. 

STCC's student cast features Barnell Williams as Walter Lee, Hester Moore as Lena, Hannah Jeffers as Ruth and Renee Gray as Beneatha. The ten year old character is portrayed by LaTefy Dolley. Others in the cast include Jerry Kimble, Jr., James Monroe, Marquis Johnson and Joshua Goolsby. 

For more information, call Southwest Tennessee Community College at (901) 333-5159.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.