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Cast, crew announced for production of Ghosts

Released: 09/28/2004

Cast and major crew assignments have been announced for LSU Alexandria’s Empty Space Players production of Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen. The play will run Oct. 15-17 and Oct. 22-24 in Room 205 of the Fitness Center on the LSU Alexandria campus. The cast consists of Karen Slatten of Alexandria, playing the role of Mrs. Alving; Dustin Johnson of Pineville, Oswald; Matt Everett of Alexandria, Pastor Manders; Jessica Double of Lecompte, Regina; and Frith Harwood of Bunkie, Engstrand. LSU Alexandria associate professor Jim Stacy is director and assistant professor Doran O’Donnell is technical director. Michael Rorex of the Northwestern State University music faculty will provide an original score of instrumental and vocal music for the production, drawing in part on the themes of composer Edvard Grieg. Cassandra Mealer of Alexandria is stage manager. Belle Rollins of Alexandria will coordinate the costumes. Meridith Bachman of Pollock is working on graphic design and publicity. Construction carpenters are Courtney Dixon and Colby Knight, both of Alexandria. Ibsen’s script is said to be his most controversial, drawing such assessments as, “His story tells of Mrs. Alving and her attempts to control her son’s perception of his alcoholic, womanizing father. With the basic plot supplemented by flirtations with incest and a looming case of syphilis, it is clear why late 19th century audiences were so outraged.” Critical assessment has rated this play as one of Ibsen’s masterpieces, earning him the title “father of modern drama.” The performances are as follows: Friday, Oct. 15 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 – 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 – 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 – 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 – 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 – 2:30 p.m. Reservations are encouraged. Tickets are $3 for LSU Alexandria students, $8 for the general public and $5 for LSU Alexandria faculty/staff, seniors and other students. The play is not appropriate for children. For reservations or other information, call 473-6467 or 473-6581.