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Holy Matrimony Turns Deadly in Catawba's Production of "Fatal Matrimony" Feb. 8-12

January 28, 2011

Category: Academics, Events, Theatre Arts

Fatal MatrimonyWhat happens when holy matrimony becomes anything but? Come find the answer in Catawba College's production of "Fatal Matrimony," presented at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, and Wednesday, February 9, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, February 10–12 in Hedrick Little Theatre on campus.

Directed by Dr. Kurt Corriher, Professor of Theatre Arts, "Fatal Matrimony" is a collection of two one-act plays: "Recklessness," by Eugene O'Neil, and "Trifles" by Susan Glaspell. "Recklessness" tells the tale of a wife, stuck in a marriage where she forever places second after her husband's beloved automobiles. When she's caught in the midst of an affair, the consequences could prove deadly. "Trifles" presents the investigation into a murder that will either set a wife free or condemn her to death. But is she truly guilty? And is murder ever justified?  Both "Recklessness" and "Trifles" encourage the viewers to take a look at their own sense of morality, what they consider "right," and what they might do when pushed to the edge.

The cast for "Recklessness" includes Aaron Alderman of Durham as Mr. Arthur Baldwin; Carrie Foster of Baltimore, Md., as Mrs. Mildred Baldwin; Chris Herring of Oakboro as Fred Burgess; Leana Guzman of Charlotte as Gene; and Katie Higgins of Durham as Mary.

The cast of "Trifles" includes John Millbank of Carrboro as the County Attorney; Katie Higgins of Durham as Mrs. Peters; Jered Shults of Sevierville, Tenn., as the Sheriff; Chris Clowers of Whitefish Bay, Wis., as Mr. Hale; and Sydney Berk of Encino, Calif. as Mrs. Hale.

Fatal MatrimonyDesigners for the show include Vaughn Pollman of Overland Park, Kan., set design; Professor Erin Dougherty, costume design; Kat Campagna of Watertown, Conn., assistant costume design; Donna Steel of Charlotte, assistant hair/makeup design; Professor Chris Zink, lighting design; Jeffery Salerno of Lake Mary, Fla., assistant lighting design; and Collette Riddle of Roanoke, Va., sound design/engineer.

Technical leadership crew members include Jodye Carroll of Mount Pleasant, S.C., stage manager;  Liz Parsons of Mocksville and Zach McRae of Hendersonville, assistant stage managers; Chris Speer of Hamptonville, assistant technical director; Greg Stoughton of Niceville, Fla., master carpenter; Kat Tierney of Smyrna, Ga., Ashton Tibbitt of Sanford, Jerry Archer of Asheville, Katie Marlowe of Newton, lead carpenters; Gabbi Bressi of Villanova, Pa., master electrician; Brooke Beall of Raleigh, Maggie Truxell of Cherry Hill, N.J., Tyler Burkett of Gainesville, Fla., Bristol Glass of Concord, Mary Alice Nichols of Conyers, Ga., lead electricians; Kara Procell of Bel Air, Md., props master; Jacquelyn Loy of Burlington, Sara Coon of Dallas, Texas, Rayshaun Sandlin of Knightdale, lead props artisans; Meredith Avery of Clayton, charge artist; Chelsea Boulton of Monroe, KaShara Davis of Charlotte, lead scenic artists; and Annabelle Prince of Charlotte, publicity.

Crew members include Tatianna Long of Kodiak, Alaska, light board operator; Mackenzie Westbrook of Charlotte, sound board operator; Jerry Archer of Asheville, props running crew; Collette Riddle of Roanoke, Va., Chadeon Proctor of Indian Trail, Sydney Carpenter of Mooresville, Chelsea Lowery of Pembroke, Ryan Kelly of High Point, running crew; Brianna Gallagher of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., front of house; Katie Hopkins of Albemarle, first hand; Ashley Jackson of University Place, Wash., second hand; Brianna Markle of Charlotte, Amanda Clements of China Grove, wardrobe; and Rayshaun Sandlin of Knightdale, dresser.

Tickets for "Fatal Matrimony" are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and non-Catawba students. For more details, contact the Catawba College theatre box office at (704) 637-4481, or buy tickets online at


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