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A-State Theatre Performance of "Animal Farm"

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Arkansas State University

George Orwell’s novel “Animal Farm” has been adapted as a stage play.  The Arkansas State University Theatre Department will present a production of “Animal Farm” beginning Friday, November Ninth, in the drama theatre of the Fowler Center on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with one of the actors in this production as well as the director, Jeff McLaughlin, assistant professor of theatre.  McLaughlin explained the inspiration Orwell had for the original book.

Jeff McLaughlin is an assistant professor of theatre at Arkansas State University, and he is the director of the A-State Theatre Department’s production of the play “Animal Farm.”  We also heard from actor Josh Pryor who portrays the character Napoleon on stage.

The production of “Animal Farm” opens Friday, November Ninth, at 7:30 in the drama theatre of the Fowler Center on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.  Additional performances are Saturday, November Tenth; Tuesday, November Thirteenth; and Wednesday, November Fourteenth at 7:30 each evening.  A matinee performance will be at 2:00 on Sunday, November Eleventh.  Tickets are available through the A-State Central Box Office.

Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio. As part of an Air Force Family, he moved to Arkansas from Minot, North Dakota in 1986. He was first bitten by the radio bug after he graduated from Gosnell High School in 1992. While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked at KOSE, a small 1,000 watt AM commercial station in Osceola, Arkansas. Upon graduation from Arkansas State University in 1996 with a degree in Radio-Television Broadcast News, he decided that he wanted to stay in radio news. He moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and worked for East Arkansas Broadcasters as news director and was there for 16 years.
Marty Scarbrough has worked at KASU since 1992, and he serves as program director, overseeing the station’s content.  Marty is a graduate of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and he has produced and hosted programs of classical music, jazz, bluegrass, and blues music.  He also oversees KASU’s Bluegrass Monday concert series.  When not at work, Marty loves spending time with his wife and his three sons, and he enjoys attending concerts of many different styles of music.