Auburn students to perform scenes from mid-20th century theater at museum Nov. 15

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University theater students will present three short scenes from mid-20th century American theatre Thursday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. The performance is in conjunction with the museum’s ongoing exhibition, “Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy.”

Students of Heather May, associate professor of theater at Auburn, will direct and act in the pieces. The directors are juniors and seniors, and the actors range from freshmen to former students of May.

“The goal of linking this performance to ‘Art Interrupted’ was to get student directors to reflect on the ways in which we use the arts to portray images of ourselves to others and to reflect on the controversy that often surrounds the arts,” said May. “We hope that these scenes will prompt similar reflection by the audience.”

May asked her students to research the original “Advancing American Art” collection and to select scenes based on the works in the collection.

The museum will be open until 8 p.m. Nov. 15 as part of its monthly “Third Thursday” program that features extended gallery hours and a free education program tied to a current exhibition. Admission to the museum is free, courtesy of support from the museum’s business partners.

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(Written by Charlotte Hendrix.)

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