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Theater to Present ‘2’
Published: October 08 2015

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Theater Department will perform Romulous Linney’s docudrama “2” on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee performance on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the Owen Center Theater.

 

“2” is set in 1945 at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, in which leaders of Nazi Germany are on trial.  Hermann Goering is the accused and, with his German counsel, prepares his defense.  Drug free and healthy as a result of his imprisonment, Goering is once again the formidable man who more than any other made Hitler the chancellor of Germany and built the engines of the Third Reich. Goering refuses to accept his actions as anything but the natural consequences of human conflict.  Goering defies the tribunal with wit and ferocity, refuses to blame Hitler for his actions, and denies the right of any conqueror to fairly prosecute the conquered.  As the horrors of what he is responsible for come to light, he meets with his wife and daughter to say goodbye.  Goering foretells a disturbing future for crimes of war and asks the question, “After all, what do you think men are?”

 

Cast members include Brad Roberds as Hermann Goering; Weston Wilson as the German counsel; James Woods as the Nuremberg prison’s commandant; Desirae Kaufman and Joseph Blackwell as guards; Cullen Dunn as the court appointed psychiatrist; Dennis Humphrey (chair of English and Fine Arts Division) and Rodney Williams as the tribunal; Jessica Meadows as Goering’s wife and Emily Humphrey as his daughter.   

 

Seating for the event is unreserved and on a first-come basis. The theater will open 30 minutes prior to curtain call. Tickets will be on sale one hour before show time at the door; however, interested persons are advised to arrive early. Ticket prices are $5 for general admission and $2.50 for seniors, students, and children. This production may contain mature themes and disturbing visual material not suitable for young children.   

 

ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in the state of Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree. The AFA degree has an emphasis in vocal music or instrumental music, theater, graphic design, or creative arts enterprise. This degree is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

 

The Owen Center Theater is located at 910 Pecan Street in Beebe. For tickets or additional information, contact theater instructor, Sandra Williams at (501) 882-4493 or email sfwilliams@asub.edu, or view the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu