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Eudora Welty New Plays Series: Mississippi Play Series Featuring Topher Payne

The author of Morningside, Topher Payne, returns with readings of two plays inspired by unbelievable events!

Swell Party

A Reading of a Mystery in Two Acts by Topher Payne
Sunday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
New Stage Theatre, Hewes Room
Free Admission

In 1932, the youngest heir to the Camel Cigarettes fortune introduced his new bride to North Carolina society at a glittering gala. It was a fabulous affair, right until the moment the groom was found dead.

Cast: Jo Ann Robinson, Bill Ford Campbell, Francine Thomas Reynolds, Annie Cleveland, David Lind, Kerri Courtney Sanders, and Hayden Cole Schubert


The Only Light in Reno

The Reading of a Play in Two Acts by Mississippi Native Topher Payne, Author of Morningside
Monday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
New Stage Theatre, Hewes Room
Free Admission

Reno, 1960. The Sierra Mountains are on fire. The city is in a total blackout. Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor are playing Monopoly with an accused murderess. And Marilyn Monroe is locked in the bathroom. This is the true story of when Hollywood came to the “Biggest Little City in the World” for a movie premiere that never happened.

Cast: Jessica Wilkinson, Ali Dinkins, Drew Stark, Shelly McCook, and Amanda Cucher