The shows will take place Nov. 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. in the Mabee Little Theatre (the Black Box). Admission for C-SC students, faculty and staff is free.

On Nov. 2-5, the Culver-Stockton College Department of Theatre presents A Night With Edward Albee, a series of one-act plays including the Sandbox, Fam and Yam, and the American Dream. The shows will take place Nov. 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. in the Mabee Little Theatre (the Black Box). Admission for C-SC students, faculty and staff is free.

On Friday, Nov. 3, at 8:30 p.m., immediately following that evening’s production, a panel discussion will be held in the Mabee Little Theatre. Spectators and participants will have the opportunity to dig deeper into the drama with a panel discussion of the three one-act plays presented by the C-SC Theatre Department. Albee’s satirical and Absurdist view of unrealistic mid-20th century expectations for self-image related to fame, societal ideals and aging impact the modern world as well, especially in issues relevant for—but not confined to—women. Professors Caren Kemner, Leslie Loyd, Jessica Martin and Carol Mathieson will discuss how isolation and distorted representation of national and family values affect society generally and the campus community specifically.

The panel is sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), which came into being in the years following the Civil War to advocate for women as they formally entered into degree programs in higher education in the US. C-SC was founded in 1853 as the first co-educational college west of the Mississippi River and AAUW continues to support women on campus and in the community with initiatives advocating for higher education and the family.

Albee’s Absurdist one-acts changed dramatic axioms for dramatic realism in the theatrical world, too, and cast members Hali Liles and Annelise Burt will join the panel to discuss insights into unrealistic image expectations that preparing the play has drawn to their attention. All panelists will then welcome relevant questions and insights from the audience. Those who enjoy a different performance of the one-acts are welcome to join the discussion. The AAUW Albee Panel Discussion provides an opportunity to earn two ACE credits, one for each the play and discussion.