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"Enron" to be a dramatic take on the real scandal

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Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 01:10


Provided by SHSU Theatre

"Enron" will be full of make-up and masks. There will also be a technological element.

Sam Houston State University’s take on the play Enron by Lucy Prebble, will be more technical than previous SHSU productions.

Enron, which is about the actual Enron scandal and collapse that occurred in the late 90’s, will be shown in the University Theatre from Oct. 10-13 at 8 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

Even though Enron is based on the true events it is told in as a dramatic tragedy. To add to the drama there will be lots of make-up and mask work to be used on the actors.

The play is set in the Enron office building. There will be five large projection screens, a large staircase down the middle of the set and several platforms.

The theatre department has been working the mass communication department on the technical aspects of the projection screens. The screens will be integrating clips of the actual people who were involved in the Enron Scandal.

With so much technology involved, the crew has run into some bumps in the road.

“We have faced some challenges,” Katie Stefaniak, theatre manager said. “This is the first time we are working with large scale projections. We have worked with projections before but not at this scale.”

Theatre Professor Leslie Swackhamer is the director of the play. She is also on the board of the Susan Blackburn Prize which is how Enron came to campus. Prebble had submitted her writings several times to the board, so Swackhammer was able to meet her. They discussed the play over the summer.

“I think what’s kind of fantastic about the play is that the playwright, Lucy Prebble, has found a way to physically manifest what is happening,” Swackhammer said.

According to a university press release, Enron is being presented as part of a Global Celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Blackburn prize. More than 65 theatres in the English-speaking world are presenting plays by Blackburn Prize Finalists and Winners.

Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for SHSU students and senior citizens. For questions or to order tickets call the University Theatre Center box office at 936-294-1339.

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