recently retired from administrating, teaching and directing theater
at William Carey College, is a University of Southern Mississippi
theater alumnus. Now, he is back at his alma mater directing Larry
Shue's "The Foreigner" for the 2003 Southern Arena Theatre
season. One of a three-show rotation at Southern Miss, the production
will open July 8 and will run periodically through July 31 in the
Gilbert F. Hartwig Theatre.
be directing this particular play for the first time. Although he
characterizes "The Foreigner" as a hilarious comedy, he
believes its audiences should take away a message from each show.
drama has a message--that is very important," Quave said. "Our
society needs that. Whatever message theater can give might make
society better if given the chance."
is a comic romp set in a fishing lodge in rural Georgia. The action
centers on Charlie, a fellow so painfully shy that he poses as a
foreigner to excuse his lack of conversation. He overhears the sinister
plans of some ill-intentioned characters and must do what he can
to thwart their evil plans--without blowing his "cover."
It is a play full of comic surprises.
After a long
career with one institution of higher learning, directing at another
university is yet another challenge for the veteran director/educator.
Spending two months away from the familiar faces and spaces of his
home theater, Quave is enjoying the adventure and is "gratified
to have such a cooperative and good cast."
his B.S. and M.A. from Southern Miss, Quave went on to pursue his
doctoral study at the University of Iowa, with additional study
at Banff School of Fine Arts at the University of Calgary, Banff,
Alberta, Canada. Later, Quave returned to Hattiesburg to teach at
William Carey College--for 42 years.
While at William
Carey he served as director of theater, chair of the Department
of Theatre and Communication, director of communications, and founder
of the William Carey College Touring Drama.
his tenure, the theater program at William Carey enjoyed great success
at the American College Theatre Festival, having had several shows
produced at Carey advance to the regional and national levels. One
such show, "When David Danced," was presented as part
of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington,
William Carey College as more of an institutional colleague than
a competitor," said Francis Kuhn, chair of the Department of
Theatre and Dance at Southern Miss. "The more theater that
gets done in Hattiesburg, the more people in Hattiesburg will appreciate
theater. Thanks in large part to the years of hard work by Obra
Quave, they do good theater at William Carey. At the Kennedy Center
American College Theatre Festivals, Carey and Southern Miss are
each other's biggest fans.
Quave is a legend in these parts. We are proud of him as one of
our graduates and delighted to have him back to bring his special
touch to SAT 2003. He is an extraordinary director, and the company
is really enjoying working with him. He brings a very reassuring,
gentlemanly quality to his work, and I think the actors and designers
respond very well to that."
of all SAT productions start at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. Sunday
matinee July 20 of "She Stoops to Conquer," in the Gilbert
F. Hartwig Theatre. Individual show tickets are $10 for regular
admission, $8 for senior citizens and Southern Miss faculty and
staff, and $6 for students.
including all three productions, are $25 for regular admission,
$20 for senior citizens and Southern Miss faculty and staff, and
$15 for students. For tickets call the Southern Miss Ticket Office
at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425. Order online at www.tickets.usm.edu.
Tickets may be purchased at the theater box office one hour prior
to curtain time for each performance.