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MMC Theatre Brings Guest Playwright to Campus for Reading of New Play


Published Date9\4\2012
MMC Theatre begins its fall series with a play reading of AT HOME WITH THE CLARKS, a new play by Rand Higbee of Hager City, WI. The full-length comedy will be read beginning at 8:00 PM on Monday, September 10 in the Bistro Second Stage (Bede 127) on the Yankton campus. AT HOME WITH THE CLARKS, set in 1960's Mayville, begins with a "Leave it to Beaver" or "Father Knows Best" scenario, but the plot takes a radical turn when news is received that the Russians have launched a nuclear invasion.

Higbee, who holds a Theatre degree from SDSU in Brookings, SD as well as a Master's degree from UNLV-Las Vegas, comments, "The play grew out of conversations I had with people about 'Leave it to Beaver' and 'Father Knows Best' and shows like that. I often heard people say that it was such a simple, innocent time back then and I'd say - think. McCarthyism, Vietnam, the Civil Rights movement, political assassinations, the Cold War with the threat of nuclear destruction hanging over you at all times...no, it wasn't that innocent."

Higbee will be in available for a question and answer session following the reading, and will also visit a Theatre Appreciation class at Mount Marty College on Monday morning. All are welcome to join the class discussion, held in SLC 104 at 9:00 AM.

AT HOME WITH THE CLARKS is under the direction of Andy Henrickson, Associate Professor of Speech and Theatre. Readers include Wyatt Yager, Terry Lafferty, Nathan Porras, Morgan Hanzlik, Samantha Tobey, Kami Meyerink and Miranda Pribl. The event is free and open to the public.

Warning: B127 is accessible by a steep flight of stairs only.

For more information, please contact Mr. Andy Henrickson at 605-668-1533 or ahendrickson@mtmc.edu.