May 26, 2004
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Pat O’Brien, (901) 333-4021 -- Kimberly Stark, (901)
SOUTHWEST TO PRODUCE "GOD'S FAVORITE" AT UNION AVENUE CAMPUS THEATER
A cast of four Southwest employees and five students will be featured in
God's Favorite, Neil Simon's romp through the Old Testament.
The play will take the stage at the Southwest Tennessee Community College
Theater (Manassas and Union Avenue) on June 4, 5 and 6. Curtain time for
Friday and Saturday is 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
God's Favorite is Neil Simon's comic take-off on the
Biblical story of Job. The play is the free, end-of-the-academic year
offering of the Southwest Fine Arts department. It is directed by Ron
Gephart, associate professor, a familiar face on the stages at Playhouse
on the Square and Theater Memphis, and a three-time recipient of the
Rod Long, Middle College High School music and video production teacher,
was featured in the College's productions of My Three Angels and
Hannah J. Lacey, former Southwest student is currently a computer lab
technician for the College.
Ron Gordon, Southwest Theater manager, is a frequent actor at Theater
Memphis, Circuit Memphis and Germantown Community Theater among others. He
is a recipient of one Ostrander award and a nominee for another.
Janell Grover, a Southwest freshman and cheerleader, is making her debut
appearance at the Southwest Theater.
Maudie Wilson, a sophomore majoring in nursing, is making her Southwest
Theater debut. Previous theater appearances include two productions at her
church, Greater Deliverance Tabernacle Holiness Church.
Valadd McFadden, a freshman Speech and Drama major, played in
Lysistrata at Southwest and appeared in local productions of The
Piano and The Wiz, among others.
Tommy Slavings is making his first stage appearance. He is on academic
scholarship and is active in Bridge Builders and Upward Bound. He has
received offers to play football at colleges in Chicago and Texas.
Kersten Charles is a freshman and a Saluqi basketball trainer. This is his
first stage appearance.