Whitlow’s Play to Highlight Faulkner and Morrison Conference

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 22, 2010 — “William Faulkner and Toni Morrison:  A Nobel Performance,” a readers’ theater presentation written and directed by Dr. Roseanna Whitlow, instructor in the Department of Communication Studies and director of Speaking Across the Curriculum at Southeast Missouri State University, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in the University Center Ballroom.

The program is part of the Faulkner and Morrison Conference being hosted by Southeast’s Center for Faulkner Studies.  Admission is free and open to the public.

The production script was compiled from Faulkner’s and Morrison’s Nobel Prize acceptance speeches and other lectures. This is the third production Whitlow has created for Southeast’s biannual Faulkner conference.  She previously wrote and directed “Mr. Twain, Meet Mr. Faulkner” and “A Salon with William Faulkner and Kate Chopin.”  The Twain-Faulkner program was reprised at the 2007 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference at the University of Mississippi.

In the Faulkner and Morrison play, Patrick Abbott, a Southeast alumnus and owner of Patrick’s Deli-Que, portrays William Faulkner.  The “voices” of Toni Morrison are performed by Southeast students Shaylin Montgomery, a sophomore English education major; Amber Walker, a graduate student in the Department of English; Katie Feakes, a senior majoring in communication studies; and Belle Delacruz, a first-year student in English education.

Lester Goodin, a farmer and agricultural consultant who is well known as a Mark Twain impersonator, makes a guest appearance as Twain.

The program is sponsored by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council, the state-based arm of the National Endowment for the Humanities.