SLU to present alumna’s first play _lowres

Photo provided by Southeastern Louisiana University -- CUTLINE: HIGH AND MIGHTY – Damian Faul of Amite, playing the role of the seminarian Will, attempts to comfort a girlfriend, Caroline, played by Michelle Guillot of Slidell, during rehearsals for the new play “High and Mighty,” which will premiere at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Vonnie Borden Theatre Nov. 17-21. “High and Mighty” is the first play written by Southeastern alumna Donna Gay Anderson of Hammond, retired director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Southeastern Louisiana University will present a new play, “High and Mighty,” Nov. 17-21 in the Vonnie Borden Theatre in D. Vickers Hall on campus. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are part of the Southeastern theater season.

“High and Mighty” was written by Donna Gay Anderson, a Southeastern alumna and retired director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts and Fanfare.

Although it is her first venture into playwriting, Anderson is no stranger to theater. Following her graduation from Southeastern, she lived in New York, where she attended the National Shakespeare Conservatory and worked as an actress. Upon her return home, she taught theater at St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

Additionally, her mother, the late Vonnie Borden, was the first theater professor at Southeastern, where she taught for many years.

“Theatre has always been my first love, and I have experienced it professionally from all sides except that of the playwright,” Anderson said. “The characters are all based on people I knew many years ago in New York, but the story is primarily fiction.”

The setting is an upper east side Manhattan Presbyterian church in the 1980s where a group of young adults struggle with their consciences when relationships, morality and emotions tumble. Anderson said the play is not appropriate for young children due to strong language.

Anderson wrote the book and lyrics for the songs, and Bridget Zeringue, another Southeastern alumna, composed the music. SLU Assistant Professor of Theater and Directing Jim Winter, an award-winning playwright, is directing.

Tickets are $15; $10 for seniors and non-Southeastern students; and free for Southeastern students with a university ID. Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (985) 549-2115. Leave the number of tickets requested, along with a name and contact phone number. For more information, call (985) 549-2184.