A Comedy Disguised as Sadness

ATU Theatre 'Three Viewings'

Arkansas Tech University’s theatre program will present its fall 2021 play, called “Three Viewings,” at a date and time to be announced later this semester.

The play, by Jeffrey Hatcher is “a comedy about love, family, and loss wrapped within three stories of death,” the play’s director, Bruce Brown, visiting lecturer of theatre, said.

“While loosely linked, each death has its own story that has very little to do with the person who has died and everything to do with those left behind. As the play unfolds, the minutia of small-town life accumulates creating a comedy that is powerful, moving and remarkably intelligent,” Brown said.

Brown has worked in academic and professional theatre for over two decades. He earned his master of fine arts in drama from the University of Virginia and a bachelor of arts in theatre and communications from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

His work has been recognized at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The theatre program has had to adjust its traditional procedures since the pandemic hit and is taking all the precautions to keep the students, staff, and viewers of the play safe. “Three Viewings” has only one actor on stage at a time, which allows for social distancing. For the third semester in a row, the play will not have a live audience and will be streamed on Broadway-on-Demand.  Dates and times will be updated as the rehearsals continue.