Austin College theatre students will perform the comedy Now Then Again, written by Penny Penniston, Thursday through Saturday, September 23-25, in the Paul Beardsley Arena Theatre of Ida Green Communication Center at 7:30 each evening, plus a 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, September 25. The production is directed by Austin College senior Matthew Varvir of Carrollton, Texas. Tickets are $8 each or free with a valid Austin College ID. For information and reservations, call 903.813.2281.
The director and cast will hold post-performance discussions on Thursday and Saturday evening. The Austin College Improvisation Troupe will perform following the Friday performance.
Now Then Again is a romantic comedy set in the improbable location of a physics lab. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune described the play as “smart, funny and thoroughly captivating” as a theoretical physicist attempts to attract the girl of his dreams. “Utilizing a structure that is heavily influenced by quantum mechanics, the plot follows the steadily growing relationship between this extremely unconfident scientist and the bold, beautiful intern who enters his life,” Varvir said. “But, nothing is for certain; after all, the greatest decisions are not those that change the future, but those that change the past. Penniston’s quirky characters and endearing story allow the audience to reevaluate their own values and provide a good basis for a discussion focusing on the interactions of science and art.”
As director, Varvir said the selection of this particular play was definitely by design. He is completing majors in both communication studies (theatre emphasis) and physics and plans to pursue a career in education, teaching physics.
Cast members for the play are sophomore Harrison Wilkie of Dallas, Texas; senior Annie Solano of McKinney, Texas; sophomore Matthew Ervin of Austin, Texas; sophomore Nick Tanner of Sunnyvale, Texas; freshman Melissa Lyttle of Austin, Texas; and freshman Alex Benningfield of Austin, Texas.
The production staff, in addition to Varvir as director, includes sophomore Mary Caroline Ingram of Southlake, Texas, stage manager; freshman Elizabeth Lincoln of Round Rock, Texas; assistant stage manager; senior Jeff Ridenour of Denison, Texas, set and light designer; senior Lindsey St. Clair of Athens, Texas, costume designer; sophomore Ashley Jump of Garland, Texas, costume crew; Hilary Gregory-Allen of Sherman, Texas, prop master; freshman Shelbi Hall of Dallas, Texas; and sophomore Edgar Long of Austin, Texas, prop crew; junior Erin Slade of Friendswood, Texas, composer; sophomore Emma Merlo of Belton, Texas; sound; light freshman Will Reynolds of Sherman, Texas; board operator; and sophomore Jessica Shanks of Cedar Park, Texas, sound board operator.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges that Change Lives.