CSU Theatre to Stage World Premiere, Honor Playwright

COLUMBUS, Ga. - A world premiere and a special-guest presentation are on tap when Columbus State University’s Department of Theatre stages the drama “The Chimes,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 30-31, at CSU's Studio Theatre in its art-theatre complex.

The production marks the premiere of an international prize-winning play by Kevin Christopher Snipes of New York City.

Set in a Massachusetts prep school at the outset of World War II, the play earned the most recent Larry Corse Prize for Playwriting, winning the CSU-hosted international competition that drew about 300 entries from 15 countries.

The plot centers on a group of boys in the school who bond through their love of Shakespeare until the emerging war strains and severs their friendships.

Snipes, who received $1,000 with the prize, will attend both performances and formally accept the Corse prize following the Saturday show from the competition’s founder and namesake, Larry Corse, a retired theater and English professor from Clayton State University.

Directed by theatre professor Kate Musgrove, CSU student cast members include Evan Fricks (Nick), Nicholas Wolfe (Marcus), Jeremiah Hobbs (Vivian), Jim Pharr (Birdie), Caleb Lawton (Barrow) and Chase Anderson (Carlyle).

Musgrove also is directing non-student actors in the production: her husband, J.J. Musgrove, executive director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and theatre faculty colleague Larry McDonald.

The production involves adult themes and content. General admission is $10; $8 for senior citizens, military personnel and CSU alumni; and free for CSU students, faculty and staff. For tickets or more information, call 706-507-8444.