Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-07-28

A cast of current and former Samford University theatre students will present John Osborne's Look Back in Anger Aug. 7-10 in the school's Bolding Studio. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 7-9 and at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 10.

The production is the first offering of a new Samford project known as Praxis. According to assistant professor of theatre Mark Castle, the new non-profit theatre company is designed to enable Samford faculty, alumni and students to present shows apart from the regular Samford Theatre season.

Praxis, says Castle, means the process of putting theoretical knowledge into practice. "That is what we mean to do with the company for our student actors and alumni," said Castle, who sees it as a possible stepping stone to professional work around the country for the thespians.

The cast of Look Back in Anger includes recent Samford theatre alumni John Cooley and Rush Brunson, and current students Kelli Winn and Sevy Foster. Castle directs the play.

The drama about disillusionment and discontent in post-World War II Britain, first performed at London's Royal Court Theatre in 1956, is often cited as having introduced a postwar school of British playwrights known as "the angry young men."

Look Back in Anger tickets are $10 adults, $8 senior adults and $5 students/children. For reservations, call (205) 588-5664.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.