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"On the Verge" opens Auburn University Theatre's 2013-2014 centennial season


On The Verge

The current production of "On the Verge" runs Sept. 26-29 and Oct. 1-4.

"On the Verge" opens Auburn University Theatre's 2013-2014 centennial season
This season of Auburn University Theatre marks the 100th anniversary of theatre on the Auburn campus and opens with the Eric Overmeyer comedy "On the Verge; or, The Geography of Yearning" directed by Daydrie Hague, and premiering Sept. 26 on the mainstage of the Telfair B. Peet Theatre.

In 1913, the first stage company, Auburn Footlights, formed as a student organization and following World War I, penned the name Auburn Players. "AU Players" continues to this day as the student organization supporting faculty-led productions of Auburn University Theatre.

To mark the centennial, AU Players, with the support of the College of Liberal Arts will host an Alumni and Friends Reunion around the spring semester production of "9-to-5: The Musical" the weekend of Feb. 28-March 2. Current members of AU Players, along with the Auburn University Libraries Special Collections and Archives, have been collecting and sharing artifacts of Auburn University Theatre's rich history on campus including promotional materials from the 1987 production of "On the Verge."

On The Verge

The AU Players are working with Special Collections and Archives, as well as alumni, to collect materials from Auburn University Theatre's history. Shown is artwork for the 1987 "On the Verge" production.

The story opens in 1888 as Alex, Fannie and Mary, three Victorian lady travelers, explore the unknown, uncharted territory of "Terra Incognita." Armed with machetes, butterfly nets and watercolors, the ladies take a journey through space and time in a celebration of adventure, curiosity and courage.

 "As the ladies travel through the uncharted reaches of Terra Incognita, they find their ‘imaginations are sculpting the landscape,' and that they are discovering language that both shapes and communicates that experience," said Hague. "Language and its shifting meanings becomes a vehicle for exploring liberation, imagination, oppression, consumerism, popular culture, fashion, conformity and character."

The current production of "On the Verge" runs Sept. 26-28 and Oct. 1-4 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by phone at (334) 844-4154. Tickets are free to students and $15 for the general public.

The production features scenic and lighting design by Fereshteh Rostampour, costume design by Tracy Oleinick and sound design by Kelly Walker. Cast members include Daley Browning, Anna Caudle, Jordan Lunstead, AnnaClaire Walker and Blake Willoughby.

By Kelly Walker, College of Liberal Arts and Carol Nelson, Office of Communications and Marketing

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