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Camus play takes center stage

March 28, 2014

A MacMurray College production of Albert Camus’ play The Misunderstanding will be Friday April 4 and Saturday April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Marian Chase Schaeffer Studio Theatre, on the second floor, south end of Jenkins Education Complex, located on Hardin Avenue on the MacMurray campus.

The performances of The Misunderstanding are free and open to the public. See a video trailer of The Misunderstanding.

The play is set at an inn in Czechoslovakia, where the mother and daughter innkeepers poison their guests. The play opens when a long-lost son, not recognized by his mother or sister, takes a room at the inn. The play is set in World War II during the German occupation of most of Europe, including Czechoslovakia and France.

The cast is:

Elijah Bean, of Springfield, MO, a MacMurray sophomore majoring in history and studying pre-law, plays the son.

Alexa Horton, of Chatham, IL, a sophomore majoring in psychology, plays Maria.

Kathleen Hammock, of Jacksonville, IL, a senior majoring in liberal studies with concentrations in biology and English; and John P. Anderson, Jr., a senior majoring in Interpreter Preparation (American Sign Language) from Hindsdale, IL., are the narrators.

Zachary Bozarth, of Normal, IL, a sophomore double-majoring in biology and educational studies, plays the Old Man. 

Laurie McCoy, of Playhouse on the Square in Jacksonville, plays the mother.

Nancy Sullivan (pictured), director of Information Technology at MacMurray, plays Martha, the daughter.

Jeannie Zeck, associate professor of English and Theatre at MacMurray, directs the play. Dr. Zeck and Eric Berg, MacMurray associate professor of Philosophy and Religion, edited the original three-act play down to one act of about an hour and added the narrators, who comment on the action and define some of the philosophical and literary terms used in the play.

The staging of The Misunderstanding is the culmination of a semester long course on Camus, a French author and philosopher, taught by Dr. Berg, which brought Camus experts to the MacMurray campus in person and over the Internet to participate. The final participant will be Mark Largent, a medical historian, who arrives the week before the performances and will also present a talk on vaccines on Wednesday, April 2, as part of the 2014-15 MacMurray Speakers Series (separate press release issued).

Pictured: Nancy Sullivan, director of Information Technology at MacMurray, in the role of Martha, the daughter, in The Misunderstanding.


For more information, contact:

Ted Roth, Director of Communications and Marketing
Work: 217-479-7027
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