“The America Play” opens April 1 in Auburn University’s Telfair Peet Theatre

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Department of Theatre presents “The America Play,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, April 1-5 in the Telfair Peet Theatre. Show times are 7:30 p.m. April 1-4, and 2:30 p.m. on April 5.

The Thursday, April 2 performance will be preceded by the panel discussion “He Hoped He’d be of Interest to Posterity: Defining Greatness in American History,” at 6 p.m. in the Theatre Upstairs and followed by a discussion with actors and other members of the creative team in the Telfair Peet Theatre.

Described as a play better experienced than summarized, “The America Play” is set in The Great Hole of History, a theme park created by an African American gravedigger searching for his place in history. The first act follows The Foundling Father as he performs his life history including his family, his profession and how he came to be all alone out west pursuing his dream of imitating the Great Man (Abraham Lincoln).

The second act is set sometime later as his wife, Lucy, and their son, Brazil, travel west to find The Foundling Father. They share their memories of The Foundling Father, and in their search for him they uncover artifacts from American history. Intermingled among these objects are also a few relics from their own personal history, which they use to create a new narrative that integrates personal and national achievement and celebrates both the Small Town and Big Time.

The Auburn University Department of Theatre’s production of “The America Play” features A.K. Murtadha, a guest artist from Los Angeles in the role of the Foundling Father. Murtadha has numerous stage, television and film credits to his name, including a Best Actor award from the Big Easy Shorts Festival for his role in the short film “In the Wind.”

For more information about the production, contact the director, Heather May, at (334) 844-6614 or hemay@auburn.edu, or download the podcast series of interviews with members of the creative and production team at http://itunes.auburn.edu under the College of Liberal Arts.

(Submitted by Linda Bell.)

Contact: Heather May, (334) 844-6614 (hemay@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)