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Tech’s theater honor society presents SPARE NONE

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The plays to be performed are “Alive” by Richard Babin and “Slain Gall” by Marian Fields.
  • The student-written plays will begin each night at 5:30 p.m. June 27-28.
  • Admission for the event is whatever an individual possesses as “spare change” and is willing to share.

Louisiana Tech’s Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society will present SPARE NONE, two one-act plays as part of the Spare Change Initiative in Theatre.

The student-written plays will begin each night at 5:30 p.m. June 27-28 in the Shakespeare Garden, located in the George T. Madison Hall courtyard.

The plays to be performed are “Alive” by Richard Babin and “Slain Gall” by Marian Fields. Both Babin and Fields are graduate students at Tech.

Babin said he was inspired to write “Alive,” an absurdist look into the traumas of childhood, by the works of playwrights Samuel Beckett and Anton Artaud. Fields’ play, “Slain Gall,” is influenced by Euripides’ tragedy, “Medea.” Because of the content of the works being performed, Alpha Psi Omega has recommended the evening for mature audiences.

These are challenging plays,” said Dr. Kenneth Robbins, Tech theater professor and adviser for Alpha Psi Omega. “In fact, I would almost classify them as performance art pieces. As such, they fit quite well into the Shakespeare Garden, a nearly perfect venue for the Spare Change Initiative in Theatre.

“The purpose for SCIT is to give Tech students and regional playwrights an opportunity to hear and see their works. Each evening, the audience will be invited to respond to the plays by visiting with the authors. Both Richard Babin and Marian Fields are talented writers with something to say about the human condition.”

SPARE NONE is part of the annual Peach Festival activities. Anyone attending one or both evenings will be able to include other Peach Festival events.

The Shakespeare Garden in the GTM Courtyard is an open-air venue. Patrons are advised to bring mosquito repellant with them into the theater. Admission for the event is whatever an individual possesses as “spare change” and is willing to share. In June 2013, the SCIT produced “Rewrite” by Patrick Boyd, a 2013 Tech journalism and English graduate who is now working with Second City in Chicago.