The timeless and telling words of America’s greatest authors will come to life on stage during Friends University’s presentation of “Star Spangled Bandanna.”
No, that’s not a typo, said Professor Dr. Charles Parker – “Yes, with three Ns; makes it look more like ‘banner.’”
The performance is a compilation of American stories and poems connected to a theme suggested by the Hindi root behind the word “bandanna,” which means “to tie,” Parker said.
“We are letting American authors guide us through all those experiences, memories, feelings and relationships that tie us together,” he said. “Most of these are of course universal, but the voices of American authors speak distinctively to our own American understanding of family, place, identity, journeys and struggle.”
Celebrated and featured artists will include Bradbury, Faulkner and Steinbeck; and the sketches, readings and characters will focus on events that appear timeless in relation to continuing contemporary issues, such as war and illegal immigration.
“Sometimes these authors speak of quirky perspectives on growing up, of sentimental thoughts of friendship and dying, of ironic insights into interpersonal communication or of comical reflections on disaster,” Parker said. “This is simple theater that focuses on the stories and the beauty of language.”
“Star Spangled Bandanna” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24-26 and at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Cornerstone Theatre in the Riney Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $5. Seating will be limited so call soon for tickets.