Theatre to present 'Photograph 51'

Henderson State University Theatre will present six performances of Anna Ziegler’s intriguing, history-based tale, Photograph 51, on Nov. 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, and 16. All performances are at 7:30 pm. A reception will follow the opening night performance.

The play is a humorous and moving portrait of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the 20th Century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. A balance of the historical, romantic, and scientific, Photograph 51 is a play about ambition, isolation, and the race for greatness.

The cast includes Adam P. Bemus of Sherwood, Georgeann Burbank of Benton, Matthew Burnett of Prattsville, Adrian Hinojosa of Hot Springs, Zachery Ingersoll of Little Rock, and Kenneth Taggard of Arkadelphia.  The play is under the direction of William Henshaw, professor of theatre, who is also designing hair and makeup. Scenic design is by Michael McMahen of Ft. Smith; Jennings Johnson of Heber Springs is the lighting designer; costume design is by Tyler Felton of Sidney; and Courtney Palsa of Searcy is the sound designer. Stage manager is Magee-Lee Preston of The Colony, Texas.

The Henderson Theatre Box Office in Arkansas Hall will be open for advance ticket sales from 1- 4 p.m. beginning Monday, Nov. 7. All seats are reserved. Admission is $8, or free with a Henderson student ID, courtesy of the Student Activities Board.

For more information or reservations, call 230-5291, or e-mail theatre@hsu.edu.