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McKendree Actors Present ‘Fugue’ at the Hett Nov. 4-7

Lebanon, Ill. — Confusion, obsession and forgotten secrets plague the stage when the McKendree University Theater Department presents “Fugue” by Lee Thuna, on Nov. 4 to 7 at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on campus.

Sarah Macklin, a senior theater major from Johnston City, stars as Mary Smith, a woman who is found wandering around the stations in Chicago, her feet blistered and bloodied. Since she cannot remember who she is or where she is headed, the doctors realize she has symptoms of the “fugue” state of amnesia where the patient literally runs away from her memories.

A young psychiatrist played by Daniel Theron, a senior theater major from Shelby, N.C., is assigned to her case, but he too is running from his own secrets. The more they begin to piece together Mary’s unknown life—and slowly unveil the doctor’s own past—the more desperate she becomes to run and forget. The doctor’s greatest fear is that if Mary finally remembers, will either of them have the courage to stop running?

Other cast members are Shelby Woo, a junior management major from Chicago, as Zelda; Adam McCowski, a freshman psychology-sociology major from Belleville, as Dr. Oleander; Tori Spiel, a sophomore history major from Carbondale, as Mother; Brian Fredman, a junior economics and finance major from Trenton, as Noel, Carrie White, a junior theater major from DuBois, as Liz; Michelle Mataski, a junior theater major from Granite City, as Tammy; and Jenny Smith, a seniorpsychology major from Florissant, Mo., as the Nurse Voice.

The play is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Please note that it contains some adult language and content and is therefore best suited for a mature audience.

The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 4, 5 and 6 and at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 7. Admission is free and seating is general admission. For more information, contact the Hett box office at 618-537-6863.

The Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts—“The Hett”—is Southern Illinois’ premier performing arts venue, presenting world class dance, drama, classical music and jazz. The 488-seat venue is located on the McKendree University campus in Lebanon, Illinois, 25 miles from downtown St. Louis.

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