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UAPB theatrical season to debut with Hope’s Return November 19

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Love, isolation, war and prayer are all of the essential elements that make up the unraveling of the play, Hope’s Return by Nikki Skies.

This upcoming production of the 2015-2016 John-McLinn Ross Player’s pivotal season is sure to illuminate societal issues.  In this enticing play, Hope, a soldier, was sent to war to serve her country. Upon her return home to Georgia to live a normal life, reality indicates that it’s much easier said than done.  She struggles with the desire to pursue dreams of becoming a teacher while her religious family wants her back in church and traumatic flashback experiences from the war want her back in Iraq.

The production will run November 19-20 at 7 p.m. nightly with a 1 p.m. matinee on Nov. 21. The performance will be held in the J.M. Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus. General admission tickets are $10/person. Veterans will be admitted free of charge.

Angela Griffith-Newkirk, director of theatre at UAPB said she chose to do this play in an effort to bring awareness to the lack of visibility of women in the military. Noting also that there is a shortage of African-American female playwrights like Nikki Skies and African-American female lead roles in the industry, it confirmed her desire to do the production.

“We want to send out the message [to encourage those affected] to get help,” Newkirk said.

For more information about the production, call (870) 575-8428, or email newkirka@uapb.edu.