The SAT Story


The Southern Arena Theatre's first season in 1977 included Uncle Vanya, The Hound of the Baskervilles and A Streetcar Name Desire. Since then, SAT has been the summer theatre company for Southern Miss, Hattiesburg and the South Mississippi area, presenting an exciting variety of plays in a repertory format. Audience members travel to Hattiesburg from a wide area including Laurel, Meridian, Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Mobile and New Orleans. They are attracted by the high quality of performances and the nightly repertory, which offer terrific summer entertainment.

When the Theatre and Dance building was opened, SAT moved from the old "HAT" building to its new quarters in summer 2000. Performances took place in the new Gilbert F. Hartwig Theatre, an intimate black box format that reminded patrons of the old theatre building. Eventually SAT expanded to performances in both the Gilbert F. Hartwig and Martha R. Tatum Theatres. This allowed for greater efficiency in our technical operation and implicit variety for the season.

The 40th anniversary season will re-launch SAT after "going dark" due to budget reductions in 2015. For this important occasion, we are producing a "legacy" season featuring a three-show rotation with every performance taking place in a single theatre after "changeovers" to the stage and actors.

SAT support comes from The University of Southern Mississippi, the Colege of Arts and Letters, the Department of Theatre, Partners for the Arts, local corporations and from individual SAT Donors.

In 2016, we hope you'll enjoy The Star-Spangled Girl, And Then There Were None and SAT Improv Comedy Club.


The Star-Spangled Girl by Neil Simon

Love and politics blend delightfully in this bubbly play, set forth with the masterly skill and inventiveness that are the hallmarks of Neil Simon. Andy and Norman are two earnest young men using their San Francisco apartment as a publishing office for a radical “protest” magazine. Sophie, an Olympic swimmer and deeply patriotic Southerner, moves into an apartment on the same floor and charms them both—turning their competing attentions from protest to passion!

Performances: June 9, 10, 11, 18, 23 and 29 at 7:30 pm and June 26 at 2 pm.


And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

This is Agatha Christie’s superlative mystery comedy! Ten guilty strangers are lured to an island where they are trapped in an impressive, but deadly, mansion. One by one, they are accused of murder and, one by one, start to die. Somewhere in the house is a diabolical avenger, but who? And will the hapless survivors find out before they are all killed? The excitement never lets up!

Performances: June 16, 17, 22, 25, 28 and July 1 at 7:30 pm and June 19 at 2 pm.


SAT Improv Comedy Club

Join the full SAT company to celebrate an evening of theatre improve, sketch comedy and comic relief.

Performances: June 21, 24 and 30 at 7:30 pm.