Whitlow Play to Premiere at Faulkner and Chopin Conference

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 30, 2008 — “A Salon with Kate Chopin and William Faulkner,” an original readers’ theatre dramatization scripted and directed by Dr. Roseanna Whitlow, a member of the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Communication, will premiere at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, in the University Center Ballroom.

The play is based on the writings and sayings of Kate Chopin and William Faulkner, two of America’s greatest writers.

The program, part of the Faulkner and Chopin Conference being hosted this week by the Center for Faulkner Studies, is supported by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council.  Admission is free, and the public is invited.

Whitlow, a published playwright, has been a member of the Southeast faculty since 1979.  A member of the River City Players Theatre Board and a writer and director for the Downtown Cape’s Scallywag Theatre, she has written and directed a number of local and regional plays, including “Thistle Blossoms,” “The Mighty Mississippi River Melodrama,” “Eugene Field” and “Young Louis Lorimier.”

In 2006, Whitlow scripted and directed “Mr. Twain, Meet Mr. Faulkner” for the Faulkner and Twain Conference hosted by Southeast.  That play also was presented at the annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference in Oxford, Miss.