July 24, 2014  

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Southern Arena Theatre Announces Summer Schedule

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Southern Arena Theatre (SAT) will celebrate its 36th season with two exciting plays performing in repertory June 21 – July 15 in the Gilbert F. Hartwig and Martha R. Tatum Theatres on the Hattiesburg campus.

The 13th of Parisis a delightful and poignant romantic comedy from one of America’s up-and-coming playwrights. First commissioned by South Coast Repertory, The 13th of Parispremiered at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pa., and has received productions in regional theatres throughout the country.

This whimsical story is guaranteed to inspire the writing of good old-fashioned love letters. Escape to Paris in search of the true meaning of love in this charming and theatrical romantic comedy.

What is love? A young American takes a spontaneous vacation from his life in Chicago to the 13th arrondissement of Paris, carrying a suitcase filled with the surprising love letters of his late grandparents. He finds advice from the ghost of his Parisian grandfather who is appalled at 21st century manners in dating, and who offers a crash course in finding real romance and listening to your heart.

The Fox on the Fairwayis a high-energy farce in which two rival country clubs compete in a golf championship with a “winner take all” prize. A tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox on the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp, which begins as Quail Valley Country Club prepares to take on archrival Crouching Squirrel in the Annual Inter-Club Golf Tournament.

With a sizable wager at stake, the contest plays out amidst three love affairs, a disappearing diamond, objectionable sweaters and an exploding vase. Who will win the bet? Will boy and girl find happiness? Who is the fox on the fairway? Ken Ludwig, the author of Lend Me a Tenorand Shakespeare in Hollywood, brings another madcap adventure to the stage with this adventure about love, life and man’s eternal obsession with golf.

For more information about SAT, contact The University of Southern Mississippi Theatre Department at www.usm.edu/theatre or call 601.266.4994. Performances will take place in the Gilbert F. Hartwig and Martha R. Tatum theatres in the Theatre and Dance Building on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus, located at the corner of Ross Boulevard and Pearl Street. Individual tickets will be available to the general public beginning June 1, and seating is reserved for all performances.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, Southern Miss faculty/staff, military and $6 for students. For tickets, contact the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418, 800.844.8425 or visit www.southernmisstickets.com.