SLU to present ‘High and Mighty’ _lowres

Photo provided by Tonya Lowentritt -- Damian Faul, of Amite, playing the role of the seminarian Will, attempts to comfort girlfriend Caroline, played by Michelle Guillot, of Slidell, during rehearsals for ‘High and Mighty,’ which will premiere Nov. 17-21 at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Vonnie Borden Theatre.

Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond will present a new play, “High and Mighty,” at 7 p.m. nightly Tuesday through Nov. 21 in Vonnie Borden Theatre in D. Vickers Hall.

The play is the first written by Donna Gay Anderson, of Hammond, a Southeastern alumna and retired director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts and Fanfare. Anderson attended the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York and worked as an actress, then taught theater at St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

“Writing this play has been one of the most challenging projects I have encountered, but I have loved every minute,” Anderson said.

The play is set in 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, a news release said. It is not appropriate for young children due to strong language.

Anderson wrote the book and lyrics for the songs, with Southeastern alumni Bridget and Drew Zeringue composing the music. The director is Jim Winter, a Southeastern assistant professor of theater and award-winning playwright.

Area cast members include Provence Hatfield, of Amite, as L2; Damian Faul, of Amite, as Will; and Dr. Stephen Rushing, of Baton Rouge, as McFee.

General admission tickets are available at the box office and are $15; $10 for seniors and non-Southeastern students; and free for Southeastern students with university ID. Tickets may be reserved by calling (985) 549-2115 and leaving the ticket number requested, a name and contact phone number.

For information, call (985) 549-2184.